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Giants star Abe gets lofty raise

Kyodo

Yomiuri Giants captain Shinnosuke Abe celebrated Christmas with a memorable pay raise after becoming the third player in Japanese baseball history to reach the ¥600 million plateau Tuesday.

Abe signed a two-year deal with the Central League champions worth ¥600 million annually, up ¥30 million from his old contract.

Former major leaguers Kazuhiro Sasaki (¥650 million) and Hideki Matsui (¥610 million), who were with the Yokohama BayStars and the Giants respectively, are the only two others to have made as much as Abe.