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[2/14/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.15, 2014 @ 2:47 am, under NPB

Name Date Swings Notes
Mauro Gomez 2/14 42 Seven over the fence; first outdoor batting practice session.  Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Seung Hwan Oh Bullpen 2/13 30 All fastballs; first session in four days.  Sanspo 2/14/2014
Kazuya Tsutsui Bullpen 2/13 71 Sanspo 2/14/2014
Tatsuya Kojima Bullpen 2/13 65 Sanspo 2/14/2014
Naoto Tsuru Bullpen 2/13 ~50 Sanspo 2/14/2014

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Seung Hwan Oh taps the ground once with his left foot when striding forward (mid-stride).  NPB umpires may have seen that as a possible two-stage motion.  Oh was seen using a stride that did not include the tap during a bullpen session on Thursday.  He is scheduled to toss batting practice on the 15th.

Source: Sanspo 2/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014

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Development Coach Masayuki Kakefu and former Hanshin Tiger Tomoaki Kanemoto spent about fifteen minutes working with Takashi Toritani on his swing.  The theme was improving use of the lower body (particularly the knees) to produce more power.

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2014, Sponichi 2/14/2014, Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014

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Matt MurtonRandy Messenger, and Mauro Gomez went out for yakitori on the team's day off on the 12th and chatted about pitch patterns in Japan.

Source:Daily Sports 2/14/2014

Gomez was seen touching Kakefu and Assistant Batting Coach Thomas O'Malley on Thursday.  Reporters were not sure what was going on until they found out O'Malley suggested Gomez touch Kakefu for home run luck and himself for hitting luck.

Source: Sponichi 2/14/2014

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka (right elbow inflammation) is hoping he will be ready to play in the exhibition season opener on the 22nd (vs Hiroshima).

According to Sponichi, he might not be ready to play until March 4 (exhibition game against Softbank).

Source: Sanspo 2/14/2014, Sponichi 2/14/2014

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The Hitting March Committee, operated by the Hanshin Tigers Cheering Party, has written a hitting theme for Atsushi Nomi (upon his request),

Source: Daily Sports 2/14/2014

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Chocolate Rankings: Ryota Arai led all players with twenty-four boxes.  Takahiro Arai came in second with seventeen.  Toritani was third with eleven.  Shintaro Fujinami got five and finished in ninth.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/14/2014