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Manager Hiroki Kokubo’s Samurai Japan squad went through its first practice on Sunday ahead of the upcoming series against a team of visiting major leaguers.

“I wanted to see how well the guys moved today, and everybody looked good,” said Kokubo, who announced that 20-year-old Hanshin Tigers right-hander Shintaro Fujinami would start Monday’s warm-up game at Yafuoku Dome against a squad selected from the rosters of the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

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