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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: March 1, 2013

by on Mar.01, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

The team visited Hirota Shine in Nishinomiya, Hyogo today to pray for a successful season.

About 1,300 fans showed up to watch the Tigers.  That is up from the 800 they drew last year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013, Sanspo 3/1/2013

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GM Katsuhiro NakamuraYutaka Wada, and head coach Masahiro Kuroda are planning to hold weekly update meeting throughout the year.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome took fifty-eight swings during batting practice at Koshien on Thursday and hit two over the fence.

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2013

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Brooks Conrad is scheduled to play in both practice games over the weekend (vs Orix on Saturday and vs Seibu on Sunday).

Conrad is a switch-hitter that uses two separate batting helmets instead of one with ear flaps on each side.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

Conrad recently received a new set of bats.  Up to now, he used bats made of white ash, but decided to give maple a try.  He also increased the weight of the bat by ten grams.

Source: Daily Sports 3/1/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami is scheduled to pitch on Saturday.  Numbered tickets for the game will be handed out to fans at a tent in front of Aki Dome at 8:00am.  Stadium gates are scheduled to open at 11:00am.  Security patrols will begin at 5:00am.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

All of the team's top players will be available on Saturday when Fujinami pitches.  That includes Tsuyoshi NishiokaKosuke FukudomeMatt Murton, and Conrad.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

Fujinami threw forty-fives pitches in the bullpen today.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

There is a chance Fujinami could make his starts on the weekends on six days of rest before the start of the regular season.  That would mean: Orix on March 2, Nippon Ham on March 9, Lotte on March 16, and Orix on March 23.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/1/2013

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4th round draft pick Shinya Azuhata was sent down to Ni-gun on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

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Ryuma Matsuda's workouts on Thursday included light catch and fielding practice.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

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The Tigers see no need for Hiroki Uemoto to rush back from an ankle injury, especially since one of his greatest strengths is his speed.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

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US-based scout Jeff Williams was in the stands for the Dodgers-Cubs game on the 27th.  His area of concentration right now is Arizona.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013

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Former Hanshin Tiger Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi failed his minor league tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Former Yokohama Bay Star Takahiro Matsuka also failed to make the cut.

Shimoyanagi did make it past the first round (bullpen session) and faced two batters during the second round (BB, Ks).

Over 200 players attended the tryout.  Only one player made the cut.

Source: Sanspo 3/1/2013