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[2/18/2014] Hanshin Tigers News and Notes

by on Feb.19, 2014 @ 2:38 am, under NPB

Name Date Swings Notes
Mauro Gomez 2/18 86 19 over the fence; hit three in a row twice.  Sponichi 2/18/2014
Ryota Arai 2/18 75 16 over the fence.  Source: Sports Hochi 2/18/2014
Name Type Date NP Notes
Seung Hwan Oh Bullpen 2/18 59 Including splitter.  Sponichi 2/18/2014
Yuta Iwasada Bullpen 2/18 42 Takahiro Arai stood in the batter's box partway through.  Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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Quick Notes

  • General Manager Katsuhiro Nakamura visited the Orix Buffaloes' camp in Miyakojima on Tuesday.  Source: Sponichi 2/18/2014
  • Mauro Gomez took fielding practices scrimmages at first on Tuesday.  Source: Sponichi 2/18/2014
  • Shintaro Fujinami will be changing his batter intro music from GReeeeN's every to Mr. Children's Worlds end.  His pitcher intro music will remain the same (Mr. Children's PADDLE).  Source: Sponichi 2/18/2014
  • Kosuke Fukudome is expected to get the starting nod in right for Wednesday's game against Rakuten.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014
  • The NPB could create a stir if umpire's decide Seung Hwan Oh is using a two-stage delivery.  Especially since it was already cleared for international competition in the past.  Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014

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Ryoma Matsuda cut his bullpen short on Tuesday because of a discomfort in his right elbow.  He is expected to get the elbow examined at a hospital in Okinawa.  Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014, Sports Hochi 2/18/2014

Hirokazu Shiranita hurt his right middle finger on the 8th.  He told reporters on Monday it was feeling better and that he would start to gradually throw the ball harder at longer distances.  Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

Shinya Azuhata is taking things slow because of a right hamstring strain.  Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

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Masanori Morita, creator of the manga series Rookies, drew illustrations of Shintaro Fujinami, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, Takashi Toritani, and Atsushi Nomi.  The images will be used in PR materials that will be appearing at major Kansai train stations and in major Kansai newspapers beginning on February 21.  The images will also be used in green rally flags that will be handed out to fans for free during a three-game series against Chunichi in April (1-3).

Source: official announcement, official announcement

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Sanspo Tigers' Promise: Yutaka Wada agreed to have dinner with three groups of Sanspo readers at Abeno Harukas if his team manages to win the Central League with eighty-six (uniform number) or more victories.  If he fails, he owes Sanspo and its readers as many autographed baseballs as the team wins.

Source: Sanspo 2/18/2014

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Former Hanshin Tiger Wei-Chu Lin signed a contract with the Brother Elephants of the Chinese Professional Baseball League.  He reportedly agreed to a two-year deal worth an estimated thirty-one million yen.

Source: Nikkan Sports 2/18/2014