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Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

Nov 23, 2016

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

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Shintaro Fujinami’s recent Samurai Japan call-up may have been taken him by surprise, but he said the opportunity won’t be taken for granted. Although Fujinami had been a regular member of manager Hiroki Kokubo’s pitching staff, the right-hander was coming off his worst season ...

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 ...

Nov 22, 2016

Guerrero, Ramirez, Rodriguez newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

Outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Manny Ramirez and catcher Ivan Rodriguez are among the prominent newcomers to the National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot released on Monday. But Ramirez, considered one of MLB’s best right-handed hitters of his generation, may have a difficult time winning ...

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 ...

Cashner on move to Texas

Nov 19, 2016

Cashner on move to Texas

Right-hander Andrew Cashner is going home for a spot in the Texas Rangers’ rotation. A person familiar with the decision told AP on Friday that the free agent pitcher and the team had reached an agreement on a $10 million, one-year deal. That person ...

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 ...

Eagles announce signing of hometown hurler Kishi

Nov 18, 2016

Eagles announce signing of hometown hurler Kishi

Free agent right-hander Takayuki Kishi came home on Friday, when he announced his signing with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. “Today, I have become a member of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles,” the 31-year-old native of Sendai told a news conference at the club’s ...