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[1/12/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.12, 2014 @ 11:48 pm, under NPB

2nd round draft pick Shintaro Yokota finished a 3,000 meter run today with the best time at twelve minutes and twenty seconds.  1st round draft pick Yuta Iwasada finished in third with a time of twelve minutes and fifty-six seconds.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

Twenty players participated in today's 3,000 meter run.  Fumiya Hojo ran the course in thirteen minutes and thirteen seconds and finished in fifth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014Nikkan Sports 1/12/2014

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Shintaro Fujinami has managed to reach ninety kilograms for the first time in his career.  One year ago, he weighed eighty-six kilograms.

Source: Daily Sports 1/12/2014

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Ryoma Matsuda tossed twenty pitches to a standing catcher on Saturday.  It was his first session at Naruohama.

"I think the seventh inning is best for Matsuda.  There are things to consider, like match-ups against left-handed hitters, but I would like to go right (seventh inning), left (eighth inning), right (ninth inning).  Matsuda reminds me of when [Kyuji] Fujikawa hit his stride.  That is what I am imaging and it would be nice if that is how things work out," pitching coach Kiyooki Nakanishi said.

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Takeshi Hidaka might end up becoming a bat off the bench because the team has a lot of other options at catcher.

Source: Sanspo 1/12/2014

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It seems as though Gratii celebrations will continue this year, according to a report by Sanspo.  There may be conditions though, like only doing the celebrations when the go-ahead run scores or on walk-off.  Performances could be banned in games where the team has a big lead, or is losing.

Source: Sanpso 1/12/2014