NPB, S. Korean champs to play one game in fall, sources say

Kyodo News

The framework is being set for a game between the Japan Series champion and the winner of the Korean Series, baseball sources said Friday.

Nippon Professional Baseball will discuss the game planned to be held in Japan in November in its executive committee meeting next month.

Japan and South Korea have met each other in a number of international tournaments, the last of which was the World Baseball Classic final on March 23. Their All-Star teams have played friendlies in the 1990s.

NPB has also been considering the viability of the Asia Series, which has been held annually since 2005 between the champions of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and China.

The series, won by the Japan Series champions every year since its inception, ended in the red last year.

Carp acquire Phillips

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) The Hiroshima Carp have agreed to a one-year, ¥40 million deal with former New York Yankees first baseman Andy Phillips, the club said Friday.

Phillips had a .250 career batting average with 14 home runs and 70 RBIs in 259 games in the major leagues.

The 32-year-old spent four seasons with the Yankees from 2004 before splitting the 2008 season between the Cincinnati Reds and the New York Mets.