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Hawks sign two major league veterans

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) The Softbank Hawks have acquired outfielder Chris Aguila and right-hander Brian Falkenborg, the Pacific League club said Sunday.

The 29-year-old Aguila is a .230 career hitter with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 149 major league games over four seasons with the Florida Marlins and New York Mets. He spent most of the 2008 season at Triple-A New Orleans, hitting .295 with 29 homers and 73 RBIs in 116 games.

Falkenborg, 30, had a 2-3 record in 25 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres in 2008.

Softbank has also agreed to a contract extension with right-hander D.J. Houlton, who went 4-7 with six saves and a 4.27 ERA in 28 games in his first season in Japan in 2008.