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Hanshin Tigers: June 21, 2012

by on Jun.21, 2012 @ 6:07 pm, under NPB

Kyuji Fujikawa started playing catch today -- for about ten minutes, in the bullpen (because of the weather), on flat ground.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012

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Akihito Fujii (right hamstring) threw out a runner trying to steal second in the 3rd inning of Wednesday's Ikusei game against Yamato Takada Club (Industrial League).  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012

Fujii joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts today at Koshien.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012

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USA-based scout Andy Sheets told reporters today that he felt Matt Murton was beginning to come around with his hitting.

"Watching him today (June 20), he looked good out there.  I think things will get better for him again. ... It is about keeping things simple.  This is not really advice, but just something I mentioned to him when talking about baseball," said Sheets.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012 

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Possible closer candidates: Shinobu FukuharaDaiki EnokidaKazuya Tsutsui, and Tomoyuki Kubota. Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012

Daily Sports reports that Enokida was selected to take on the closer job.

Sanspo notes that it is Enokida's job for the time being.

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Kenji Jojima worked out at the Naruohama training facilities today -- he walked outdoors for about thirty minutes and then did some trunk and gluteal training exercises indoors.  Jojima will train in the pool on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012

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Yasutomo KuboKazuhito Futagami, and Takumi Akiyama will make starts during a three game series against Ni-gun Orix that begins on Friday.  Source: Daily Sports 6/21/2012

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Akiyama joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts today and threw fifty pitches in the bullpen under the watchful eyes of Yutaka Wada and pitching coaches Keiichi Yabu and Takashi Yamaguchi.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012

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Ikusei pitcher Robert Zarate faced ten batters during situational batting practice on Wednesday and gave up five could hits.  Ni-gun pitchers Shingo Matsuzaki and Hirokazu Shiranita also made appearances during situational batting practice: each faced ten batters, Matsuzaki gave up two hits and struck out two while Shiranita allowed two hits and walked one.  Source: Sanspo 6/21/2012

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Ryo Asai joined the Ichi-gun players for workouts on Wednesday and got two at bats during situational batting practice: fly out to left, ground out to short.  Source: Sanspo 6/21/2012

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The Tigers plan to place more emphasis on hitting for average than hitting for power when scouting new talent overseas.  Source: Nikkan Sports 6/21/2012

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The Tigers are thinking about offering Olympic Gold Medalist (wrestling) Saori Yoshida a chance to throw out a ceremonial first pitch some time after the Olympics.  Source: Sports Hochi Osaka 6/21/2012