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Free agent Kuroda turns down Carp

Kyodo

Free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda has decided to stay in the major leagues for the 2012 season, a senior official of his former Japanese club said Monday.

Kuroda has turned down an offer from Hiroshima and will continue to pitch in the majors, Carp director Kiyoaki Suzuki said.

In 2011, the 36-year-old rewrote his major league career-highs in wins, earned run average and innings pitched, going 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA in 202 innings over 32 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kuroda spent the last four seasons with the Dodgers after playing for Hiroshima for 11 years.

He has also received offers from multiple major league clubs this winter.