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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: April 8, 2013

by on Apr.08, 2013 @ 11:58 pm, under NPB

The Tigers 0-3 in day games.  In those three games, they have managed to score just one run -- a home run by Takeshi Hidaka in the 8th inning of the third game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2013

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All the coaches were involved in the decision to bat Matt Murton clean-up on Sunday.  Their decisions were based on current performance.

Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2013

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1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami will likely toss three bullpen sessions before his next scheduled start on the 14th (vs Yokohama at Koshien) because he was limited to just forty-two pitches on Sunday (first official pro relief appearance).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/8/2013

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Ryota Arai started his rehab workouts at Naruohama on Sunday -- he worked on his upper body in the morning and used the pool in the afternoon.  Arai is hoping to make it back to the active roster in the minimum ten days.

Source: Sponichi 4/8/2013

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Ryo Asai will be promoted.

Source: Sanspo 4/8/2013

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Ni-gun game against Chunichi on Sunday:

Tatsuya Kojima started the game and tossed seven shutout innings while allowing one hit (a double to right to Takehiro Donoue in the 2nd inning).  He recorded eleven ground ball outs, struck out eight, and topped out at 141km/h.  Source: Daily Sports 4/8/2013 ... Ryo Watanabe entered the game in the 8th and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  He faced five hitters, gave up two hits, threw eighteen pitches, and topped out at 138km/h.  He is scheduled to pitch in the upcoming Ni-gun Softbank series (April 9-11) and could be added to the active roster in time for the Yokohama series (at Koshien, April 12-14).  Source: Sanspo 4/8/2013

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The Tigers will continue their ECO PET bottle cap collection drives this season.  Last year, they collected 282,616 caps.

Source: official announcement