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Kaneko, Sugano claim MVP awards

by Jason Coskrey

Chihiro Kaneko put up big numbers last season, but was largely out of the spotlight when it was time to give out awards. This time around, the Orix Buffaloes ace was one of the main attractions. Kaneko was named the 2014 Pacific League MVP at the NPB Awards on Wednesday ...

Nov 25, 2014

Eagles, Tigers want to sign Kaneko

The Tohoku Rakuten Godlen Eagles’ managing director indicated Tuesday that the club would pursue free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, the ace of the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes. A day after Kaneko said he was not inclined to ask Orix to post him to the ...

Nov 25, 2014

Giants acquire pitchers Poreda, Mikolas

The Yomiuri Giants announced Tuesday that they have signed left-hander Aaron Poreda and right-hander Miles Mikolas, both of whom pitched last season for the American League’s Texas Rangers. Poreda, 28, has pitched in 40 big league games, all in relief, with a career ERA ...

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Nov 24, 2014

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko indicated on Monday he will not push the Pacific League club to make him available to big league clubs through the posting system. The 31-year-old Kaneko, who won the Sawamura Award this year as Japan’s outstanding starting pitcher, also ...

Hawks on track to add Matsuzaka

Nov 24, 2014

Hawks on track to add Matsuzaka

Free-agent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has apparently decided to return to Japanese baseball with the Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who said Monday they are really interested in adding the right-hander. The 34-year-old Matsuzaka last played in Japan in 2006, when he was posted ...

Nov 23, 2014

Lefty Naruse heading to Swallows

Left-hander Yoshihisa Naruse will move from the Chiba Lotte Marines to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows as a free agent, he informed the Central League team by telephone on Sunday. The 29-year-old, who will wear the same No. 17 he had as Lotte’s ace, is ...

Nov 21, 2014

Wheeler's rights sold to Rakuten

The New York Yankees have sold the rights to infielder Zelous Wheeler to the Pacific League’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. The 27-year-old, signed by the Yankees last November, hit .193 with two homers and five RBIs in 57 at-bats with New York as a ...

Otani impresses visiting MLB stars

Nov 19, 2014

Otani impresses visiting MLB stars

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Shohei Otani exhibited some of the immaturity of a 20-year-old pitcher but also some of the potential that could eventually see him playing on American soil. Looking on the bright side, Otani, who started for Samurai Japan in its 3-1 defeat in Game 5 ...