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New Giants lefty Poreda settling in well

Mar 1, 2015

New Giants lefty Poreda settling in well

Despite an initial phase of uncertainty about moving to Japan, new Yomiuri Giants lefty Aaron Poreda appears to be taking well to pitching in unfamiliar territory. On Sunday, Poreda got his first taste of his home park’s mound with two scoreless innings in a ...

Feb 27, 2015

Inaba asks Darvish to play for Japan

Samurai Japan batting coach Atsunori Inaba on Thursday visited Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish and asked his former teammate to consider playing again for Japan’s national team. After winning the first two World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009, Japan was unable to get ...

Feb 23, 2015

Baseball commissioner seeks to shorten games

Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki indicated Monday he is considering a plan to punish teams that fail to play games faster. In the annual battle to reduce the time of games, the commissioner, who visited the 12 teams, said punishments were discussed. The results of ...

Feb 20, 2015

Otani named Fighters' Opening Day starter

Third-year pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani has been handed his first Opening Day pitching assignment, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said Friday. A 20-year-old right-hander, Otani was one of the most impressive pitchers in the Pacific League last season, when he went 11-4 with ...

Feb 17, 2015

Iwase cuts short bullpen session

Chunichi Dragons lefty Hitoki Iwase, who has saved more professional games than any other Japanese pitcher, gave up on his second bullpen session of the spring after just 16 pitches on Tuesday. “I didn’t get a good feeling when I was throwing. If I ...