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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: March 20, 2013

by on Mar.20, 2013 @ 11:59 pm, under NPB

Atsushi Nomi and Takashi Toritani will begin workouts on Thursday.

Nomi could get a tune-up outing at Ni-gun against Hiroshima on the 26th.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013Sanspo 3/20/2013

The team is concerned about Nomi's condition and could skip him once around in the starting rotation if he needs more time to prepare.

Source: Daily Sports 3/20/2013

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If Takahiro Arai is able to play, he will most likely be at first to keep the strain off his right shoulder.  That means Ryota Arai and Brooks Conrad will have to compete against each other for playing time at third.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013

If Arai does not get off to a good start, if he does not perform in the remaining exhibition games, the team will not hesitate to send him back to Ni-gun.

Source: Sports Hochi 3/20/2013Daily Sports 3/20/2013

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Jason Standridge and his family watched some sumo matches at the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (Body Maker Colosseum) on Tuesday.  Standridge is scheduled to pitch in an exhibition game against Hiroshima on Thursday.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami threw fifty-three pitches in the bullpen today (mostly out of the set position).  Fujinami will be hitting for himself during his next exhibition game start on the 24th against Orix at Kyocera Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2013

Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi is helping Fujinami make changes to how he pitches out of the set position -- he was called for a balk during a practice game against Seibu on the 17th because the home plate and third base ump felt he did not come to a complete stop.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013

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2nd round draft pick Fumiya Hojo started working out on Tuesday after missing some time because he was not feeling well.

Source: Sanspo 3/20/2013

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The Tigers are prepared to sign a foreign player to help bolster the pitching staff.  The team is looking for an arm that can start and relieve.  They have about two million yen to spend.  They could go higher if necessary, but that will require some work.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/20/2013

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Sun TV will celebrate their 3,000th game broadcast with on April 29 with a special two-part program that begins an hour before the Hiroshima-Hanshin game.

The first Sun TV game broadcast took place on May 6, 1969.

Source: Sponichi 3/20/2013