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Hanshin Tigers: April 1, 2012

by on Apr.01, 2012 @ 10:25 pm, under NPB

Today's Ni-gun game against NTT Nishi Nippon: Matt Murton started in right and batted third.  He went 2-for-2 with an RBI: single to right in the 1st inning, RBI single to left in the 3rd inning, walk in the 5th inning (replaced by pinch-runner). [Daily Sports, Nikkan Sports] ... Shinta Hifumi entered the game as a defensive replacement at first in the 6th inning.  He collected an infield single in the 7th inning. [Nikkan Sports]

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Yutaka Wada also told reporters today that Matt Murton is expected to join the Ichi-gun team for workouts on Monday.

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The Tigers decided today that they will send 1st round draft pick Hayata Ito to Ni-gun after starting the season out 0-for-5 with three strikeouts:

March 30: 0-for-2: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging

April 1: 0-for-3: strikeout looking, fly out to center, fouls out to third, walk

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Craig Brazell participated in pre-game practices at Kyocera Dome today after leaving Saturday's game early because he was not feeling well.  And while Brazell was not in the starting line-up, he did make it in as a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the 9th (strikeout swinging).

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Yamoto decided to revert his intro back to the theme song for Senkan Yamato.