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Nov 25, 2016

Fighters retain pitchers Mendoza, Martin

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have re-signed right-handers Luis Mendoza and Chris Martin for next season, the Pacific League club announced Friday. Mendoza, who went 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA chiefly as a starter in his third season with the Fighters, agreed to a ...

Nov 23, 2016

Carp cut ties with Luna, Pridie, Delabar

The Hiroshima Carp announced Wednesday that they will not offer a contract extension to veteran third baseman Hector Luna. The 36-year-old Luna played in just 67 regular-season games for the Carp after spending his first three seasons in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons. Luna ...

Nov 23, 2016

BayStars acquire pitcher Patton from Cubs

Right-hander Spencer Patton has signed with the Yokohama BayStars, the Central League club announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old Patton has pitched in 52 big league games over the past three seasons, including 16 this year for the Chicago Cubs. The reliever has a 3-2 record ...

Nov 22, 2016

Eagles set to sign former Phillies pitcher Hermann

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have reached a basic agreement with Frank Herrmann, who pitched this year with the Philadelphia Phillies, sources said Tuesday. The signing of the 32-year-old right-hander is expected to be announced in the coming days. Herrman, a reliever out of ...

Otani wants to play in majors 'someday'

Nov 22, 2016

Otani wants to play in majors 'someday'

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ slugging ace pitcher Shohei Otani said Monday he wants to play in the major leagues “someday” but not in the immediate future. “There’s no change in my longtime desire to go there,” the 22-year-old right-hander said in the town ...

Nov 21, 2016

Yakult acquires right-hander Guilmet

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows have acquired right-hander Preston Guilmet on a one-year contract worth $600,000, the Central League club announced Monday. Guilmet, 29, who has pitched in 19 major league games with a 0-1 record and an 8.22 ERA, struck out 82 in 68⅓ ...

Itoi leaving Buffaloes for Tigers

Nov 21, 2016

Itoi leaving Buffaloes for Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers said Monday they have reached agreement on a contract with free agent outfielder Yoshio Itoi, who earlier in the day informed the Orix Buffaloes of his intention to join the Central League club. Itoi, 35, who played for Orix for four ...

Nov 20, 2016

Matsuzaka poised for winter ball in Puerto Rico

Fukuoka SoftBank pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has come to terms on a deal that will allow him to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league, a Hawks source said Sunday. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, ...

Sapporo lauds Fighters with victory parade

Nov 20, 2016

Sapporo lauds Fighters with victory parade

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters held their first victory parade in four years on Sunday, celebrating their Japan Series and Pacific League championships in the streets of Sapporo. A crowd estimated at around 138,000 cheered on the Fighters, who captured their first pennant since ...

Nov 19, 2016

Carp finalize deals with veteran trio

Three key contributors to the Hiroshima Carp’s Central League championship effort have been re-signed for 2017, the club announced Friday. Left fielder/first baseman Brad Eldred agreed to a two-year deal reportedly worth $1 million (roughly ¥110 million). This past season, he hit 21 homers ...