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[11/12/2013] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Nov.13, 2013 @ 1:37 am, under NPB

Tuesday's practice game against Orix Buffaloes (HAN 8 - ORI 7):

Kazuya Tsutsui started the game for Hanshin and gave up two runs on four hits over three innings of work.  He gave up both runs in the 1st inning -- with two out, he gave up a walk and then three consecutive hits. [Daily Sports 11/12/2013Nikkan Sports 11/12/2013] ... Down by two runs in the 5th, Issei Morita led off the inning with a walk.  Hayata Ito hit a single to right that put runners on first and second.  Naoto Nishida followed with a two-run triple to right.  One out later, Ryosuke Ogata drove in the go-ahead run with a single to center.  Issei hit a one-out solo homer to left in the 6th. [Daily Sports 11/12/2013]

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Four pitchers gave up sixteen hits during situational batting practice on Monday: Yutaka Tamaki (eight batters, four hits), Akira Iwamoto (six batters, three hits), Hirokazu Shiranita (nine batters, six hits), and Ken Nishimura (ten batters, three hits, one home run). [Sanspo 11/12/2013] ... Naoto Tsuru faced eight batters and did not allow a hit.  He did walk Hiroki Uemoto.  He topped out at 142km/h. [Sanspo 11/12/2013] ... Ryota Arai hit a home run to left on the first pitch he saw in his first trip to the plate.  Hayato Ito collected two hits to right.  Ryota Imanari recorded hits to right and left; Issei Morita pulled a hit between first and second; and Masahiro Nakatani and Fumiya Hojo each collected one hit a piece. [Sponichi 11/12/2013]

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Pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi plans to record Shintaro Fujinami tossing a bullpen session from three different angles -- from the front (arm angle), from the side (lower leg movement, particularly right knee), and from above (stride, rubber usage).  This will most likely take place some time during the next block of fall camp.  He feels the footage will help Fujinami adjust his mechanics.

Fujinami lightly threw twenty-two pitches in the bullpen on Monday to a catcher that sat about two meters in front of home plate.

Source: Daily Sports 11/12/2013

Fujinami also threw eighteen pitches into a net before throwing twenty-two pitches to a catcher.

Source: Sanspo 11/12/2013

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Development Coordinator Masayuki Kakefu was at Naruohama on Monday.  He spent some time working with Shinta Hifumi.

Source: Sports Hochi 11/12/2013

Kakefu spent about forty minutes working directly with Hifumi on Tuesday.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/12/2013

Tokyo Sports notes that all the good news about the young players Kakefu has been working with during fall camp may all be for naught as the Tigers continue to make moves that go the opposite direction: assuming Matt Murton returns, the outfield will likely remain Murton, Yamato, and Kosuke FukudomeMauro Gomez could end up at first with Tsuyoshi Nishioka moving over to third and Takashi Toritani remaining at short.  This could ultimately mean fewer opportunities for players like Issei MoritaRyota Arai, and Ryota Imanari.

Source: Tokyo Sports 11/12/2013