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Hanshin Tigers: March 16, 2012

by on Mar.16, 2012 @ 11:54 pm, under NPB

Kohei Shibata rejoined the Ichi-gun team today after being out with inflammation in his left shoulder.

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The first three starters for the regular season will most likely be Atsushi Nomi, Jason Standridge, and Minoru Iwata (vs Yokohama at Kyocera Dome).

Yuya Ando and Yasutomo Kubo will likely pitch in the second series of the season (vs Yakult at Jingu).

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Standridge is scheduled to start Saturday's exhibition game against the Yakult Swallows (at Jingu).  Iwata is slated to start Sunday's exhibition game against the Seibu Lions (at Seibu Dome).

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Craig Brazell got some work in at left during pre-game fielding practices before Thursday's game against the Yokohama Bay Stars.

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Chuo University beat the Ni-gun Hanshin Tigers, 1-0, on Thursday.  Yosuke Shimabukuro started the game for Chuo University and tossed seven shutout innings while allowing three hits.

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The Tigers announced on Thursday that a Ni-gun player was diagnosed with the flu.  There are now three players in the organization with the flu.

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Team president Nobuo Minami attended an Organized Crime Prevention Conference that was held at the Koshien indoor training facilities on Thursday.