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[1/22/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Jan.23, 2014 @ 1:40 am, under NPB

5th round draft pick Shoya Yamamoto tossed his second bullpen on Wednesday.  Ikusei Fumihito Haraguchi caught the session.  He stood for the first four pitches and squatted for the rest.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2014

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Mauro Gomez is currently scheduled to arrive in Japan on February 6.  The Tigers will hold a press conference for him in Okinawa before he joins the team for spring camp on the 7th.

Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2014

The Tigers will probably hold off on making any decisions (good or bad) on Gomez until he has played about thirty games.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2014

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Ryoma Matsuda threw thirty-six pitches, including his fork, in the bullpen on Wednesday.

Source: Daily Sports 1/22/2014

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Daiki Enokida studied footage of his delivery at Baseball One in Nagoya on Tuesday.  Baseball One is a facility that provides players with a number of services, including mechanical analysis of various motions using special equipment.

Source: Sanspo 1/22/2014

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Yamato will be using a new set of cleats this season.  It will have nine spikes (up from seven) and weigh 290 grams.

Source: Sponichi 1/23/2014

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants to do more running on the base paths this season.  He did not get the chance to run very often last year because coaches were concerned about his left knee.  It forced some of the hitters behind him to sacrifice their at bats.  He feels it will be important for him to regain trust and confidence among the coaches early on by showing that he can run at full speed (for stealing and for hit-and-run plays).

Source: Sanspo 1/22/2014Daily Sports 1/22/2014Sponichi 1/22/2014, Nikkan Sports 1/22/2014

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The Tigers might try to use Shintaro Fujinami to help them develop some of their younger catching talent, according to a report by Tokyo Sports.

Source: Tokyo Sports 1/22/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh signed an advisory contract with Descente Korea.

Source: Nikkan Sports 1/22/2014

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Development coach Masayuki Kakefu could provide Ichi-gun hitters with advice during the exhibition game season, if requested by Yutaka Wada.

Kakefu has been given the green light to continue his work as a baseball analyst and commentator.

Source: Sanspo 1/22/2014Sponichi 1/22/2014