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[9/9/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Sep.09, 2013 @ 11:57 pm, under NPB

Ryoma Matsuda was taken off the active roster today after a bad outing on Sunday against the Yomiuri Giants: 0.2 IP, 7 BF, 5 H, 3 HR, 5 R, 5 ER.

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Shintaro Fujinami tried playing catch at a distance of about ten meters with his left arm during pre-game practices on Sunday.  He also apologized to Yomiuri Giant Shinnosuke Abe for his HBP on Saturday.

Source: Sponichi 9/9/2013Daily Sports 9/9/2013

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Shinjiro Hiyama made his 745th appearance as a pinch-hitter on Sunday and recorded his 157th hit and 108th RBI.  Both totals are good for second in CL history.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2013

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GM Katsuhiro Nakamura left for Korea on Sunday to check on Seung-Hwan Oh (Samsung).  He will be at Samsung games on the 10th and 11th.  He also plans to check on other players, like Suk-Min Yoon (KIA).

Source: Sponichi 9/9/2013

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An altercation between a Hanshin fan and Yomiuri fan took place in the left field stands during the 6th inning of Sunday's game at Koshien.  According to someone sitting in the area, a Yomiuri fan climbed onto a railing and shouted something out loud that angered a nearby Hanshin fan.  The Hanshin fan pulled the Yomiuri fan off the railing.  Security guards and police broke it up before things got out of hand.

Source: Nikkan Sports 9/9/2013

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Matt Murton was almost ejected from Sunday's game against the Yomiuri Giants for questioning a call made by the first base umpire on a ball he hit down the right field line in the 9th.

With a runner on first and no out, Murton hit the ball down the right field line that appeared to hit the foul pole.  The first base ump called the ball foul.  Murton could not understand why the umpires were not going to check the replay.  He looked over to the first base ump and pointed to both his eyes with his fingers.

The first base ump saw this and started walking toward Murton.  Yutaka Wada jumped out of the dugout and managed to stop the first base ump from getting any closer to Murton.  The umpiring crew deliberated the call and decided to check the replays.  The call ended up standing.

Source: Sports Hochi 9/9/2013

In reading other reports, it appears the Tigers originally argued whether or not the ball went fair or foul.  The rule books leave that up to the umpires.  When the Tigers re-argued the call (the second time Wada ran onto the field), they argued whether or not it was a home run.  The umpires can only turn to video replay on questionable home run calls.  So it was apparently an issue of semantics.