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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: February 19, 2013

by on Feb.19, 2013 @ 11:31 pm, under NPB

Batting Practice Bullpen Sessions / Batting Practice

Today

  • Ryota Arai: 178 swings, twenty-three over the fence

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

Today

  • 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami: batting practice, faced Issei Morita (only fastballs,one over the fence) and 4th round draft pick Shinya Azuhata (fastballs and sliders, broke  bat), thirty-two pitches, two could-be hits

Source: Sponichi 2/19/2013, Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013, Sanspo 2/19/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome took some grounders at short during fielding practices today.  This does not mean he will be playing short -- this is just something he likes to do to help him prepare.

Fukudome began his career as a shortstop with the Chunichi Dragons.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

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Takahiro Arai is Yutaka Wada's top choice to bat clean-up.  But if Arai is needs more time for rehab (right shoulder, back), then Takashi Toritani and Ryota Arai are possibilities.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

Brooks Conrad could be another possibility.

Source: Sports Hochi 2/19/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami and his parents visited three former high school teammates -- Gen Mizumoto, Satoshi Mega, and Minoru Hirohata -- at Asia University spring camp in Shimajiri, Okinawa on the team's day off on Monday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/19/2013

Wada wants to check on Fujinami's pitches from the batter's box.

Source: Daily Sports 2/19/2013

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Conrad's Sanspo Promise: record one of every kind of hit from both the left and right side of the plate.

If he makes good on the promise, Sanspo will present him with children's clothing from Miki House.

Source: Sanspo 2/19/2013