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Hanshin Tigers News and Notes: April 15, 2013

by on Apr.15, 2013 @ 11:45 pm, under NPB

The Tigers will likely start Atsushi NomiJason Standridge, and Daiki Enokida against the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome (April 16-18).

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013


1st round draft pick Shintaro Fujinami is the fifth pitcher drafted out of high school in NPB history to record their first pro victory the year after they won a Koshien tournament and the first in that group to record their first pro victory at Koshien.  He is also the first pitcher out of high school in franchise history to record their first pro victory at Koshien since Yutaka Entasu on April 29, 1967.

Source: Sponichi 4/15/2013

Fujinami became the first rookie pitcher out of high school to successfully lay down a squeeze bunt since Shinichi Kondo (Chunichi) on September 30, 1987.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013

Tsutenkaku in Osaka will be offering free admission to anyone named Shintaro or Fujinami (usually costs 600 yen) between April 15 and April 21.  Proof will be required.

Source: Sanspo 4/15/2013


Ryota Arai played in an Ikusei game against Riseisha Gakuen on Sunday.  He started at first and batted fourth.  It was his first game on defense since he hurt his left hamstring.  He handled three chances without any problems.  He went 0-for-1: walk, foul out to first.

Source: Daily Sports 4/15/2013

Arai is slated to return to the active roster on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/15/2013


Matt Murton hung out with his family at Universal Japan today.

Source: Tweet 4/15/2013