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Hanshin Tigers: March 12, 2012

by on Mar.12, 2012 @ 11:56 pm, under NPB

The Tigers visited Nishinomiya Shrine in Hyogo today and prayed for a successful season.

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Matt Murton missed his second straight game on Sunday because of pain in his right big toe.  He did return to practices today and is expected to return to the line-up for Wednesday's exhibition game against the Yakult Swallows.

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Sunday's Kyoiku League game against Chunichi at Naruohama: Shunsuke started in center and batted first.  He went 2-for-2.  Shunsuke also played in the exhibition game at Ichi-gun. [Sanspo]

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Tomoaki Kanemoto was supposed to play left during Sunday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants but did not because of the cool weather.

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Keiichi Hirano did not play in Sunday's exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants because of a contusion he suffered on his right knee while playing defense during Saturday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters.  Hirano is scheduled to take part in practices today and is expected to play in Tuesday's game (Yakult).

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Shinjiro Hiyama took fielding practice in the outfield at Naruohama today -- he caught twenty balls hit into the air by Ni-gun coach Yutaka Nakamura; he also wore cleats.

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Akihito Fujii did some long distance throwing (max distance of about seventy meters) on Sunday.  He is still scheduled to take situational batting practice on March 14 and 15.  If everything goes well, he could play in his first game on March 17 (Kyoiku League vs Softbank).

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Yamato may be in the lead for the starting CF job: through fifteen games (exhibition, intra-squad, an practice) he is 16-for-41.

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Sanspo seems to think that 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito may have two games (March 13 and 14, both against Yakult at Koshien) to prove he deserves more looks at Ichi-gun.  If not, he could be sent down to Ni-gun.

Ito is 6-for-33 in practice/exhibition games played through today.