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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: March 12, 2013

by on Mar.13, 2013 @ 3:00 am, under NPB

With Samurai Japan heading to the US for the Championship Round, there is  very good chnce Randy Messenger will get the opening day start.  If he does, will join Matt Keough (1987) and Gene Bacque (1965) as the only foreign pitchers in franchise history to get opening day starts.

Source: Sponichi 3/12/2013Sports Hochi 3/12/2013

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Ryota Imanari was called up to Ichi-gun on Tuesday.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013

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Brooks Conrad watched a few sumo matches with his wife at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (Body Maker Colosseum) on Monday.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013

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The media learned that Ryohei Hashimoto (24) filed marriage papers with a twenty-four-year-old woman living from Osaka on Sunday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/12/2013

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Kosuke Fukudome's Sanspo Tigers' Promise: record a walk-off hit during the season.

If he does not make good on his promise, he will present one family (up to four people) with tickets to a Yoshimoto Shinkigeki performance.  If he makes good on the promise, Sanspo owes him a top-of-the-line putter.

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013

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ABC TV will be using a high-speed camera for all their Hanshin games this season (it was just Yomiuri games last season).

Source: Sanspo 3/12/2013