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Hanshin Tigers: March 22, 2012

by on Mar.23, 2012 @ 4:17 am, under NPB

Thursday's Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Nagoya (Hanshin 3 - Chunichi 0): Ikketsu Sho started the game and tossed seven shutout innings while allowing one hits and walking three. [Daily Sports]

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Takahiro Arai shagged fly balls in the outfield during practice at Kyocera Dome on Thursday.

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Shinjiro Hiyama rejoined the Ichi-gun team for practices on Thursday.

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Matt Murton started taking batting practice on Thursday at Naruohama -- he hit twenty pitches off a tee and twenty pitches during soft-toss.  He also played catch for about ten minutes at a max length of around eighteen meters.

On Wednesday, Murton told reporters he wanted to try his best to make it back in time for the start of the regular season.

"I do not think I am as far away from my best condition as many of you may feel," said Murton to reporters.  "I got hurt on the 16th and there was still two weeks [at that point].  Even if I am not at 100%, as long as there is a possibility, I would like to try for opening day.  The worst thing would be for me to rush and make things worse.  I want to avoid that.  So I need to work through this without rushing, but that does not change my goal for making opening day."

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During pre-game fielding practice on Wednesday, the Tigers had Ryota Arai, Yamato, Kohei Shibata, 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito, and Craig Brazell out in right.  Kenji Jojima was also seen taking over in left during situational fielding practice.

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The Tigers announced on Thursday that they will be holding various events for fans during eleven Ni-gun games taking place at Koshien Stadium this season.