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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: March 28, 2013

by on Mar.28, 2013 @ 11:47 pm, under NPB

Situational batting practice on Wednesday at Naruohama:

Yasutomo Kubo faced three hitters and gave up two hits -- Fumiya Araki hit an infield single; Katsuhiko Saka grounded out to the pitcher; and Hayata Ito hit a double to right-center.  Kubo was originally scheduled to face two hitters, but needed to throw a few more pitches and faced a third.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013 ... Matt Murton went 2-for-2.  Source: Sanspo 3/28/2013 ... Shinjiro Hiyama went 1-for-2 -- single to right off Naoto Tsuru.  Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013 ... Takahiro Arai went 1-for-4 with a double to right.  Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2013

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T. Arai could make the starting line-up at first in place of Brooks Conrad if the team 1) feel Arai is healthy enough and 2) thinks he can do a better job on offense against left-handed pitching.

Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2013

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Yutaka Wada spent about ten minutes giving Ryota Arai tips on hitting after batting practice on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 3/28/2013

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The Tigers may place an innings limit on 1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami.  If they do, it will be at least 144 innings, which is the requirement to qualify for an ERA title.

Source: Sanspo 3/28/2013, Daily Sports 3/28/2013

Fujinami used to throw three bullpen sessions in between his starts -- for example, if he started a game on Sunday, he would toss sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  He will now only be allowed to toss two bullpen sessions.  If he tosses a session the day before a start, he will likely be limited to about forty pitches.

Source: Nikkan Sports 3/28/2013

Fujinami threw forty pitches in the bullpen today.

Source: Sponichi 3/28/2013

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The Miki House Sanspo MVP Award prize money will jump from one million to ten million yen if the team manages a first place finish this year.

Source: Sanspo 3/28/2013