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Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

Dec 21, 2016

Samurai Japan adds Astros' Aoki to WBC roster

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Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki has been added to the Samurai Japan roster for next spring’s World Baseball Classic, the team announced on Wednesday. The Japan national team revealed the first 18 players chosen for the roster a day earlier. The 19th man brings ...

Dec 20, 2016

Dragons GM Ochiai leaving team

Hiromitsu Ochiai will step down from his post as general manager of the Chunichi Dragons when his contract expires at the end of next month, sources close to the Central League club said Tuesday. The Dragons have performed poorly since the 63-year-old Hall of ...

'Poker Face' Kato, longtime hurler, dies at 66

Dec 20, 2016

'Poker Face' Kato, longtime hurler, dies at 66

Former Yomiuri Giants right-hander Hajime Kato, nicknamed “Poker Face” for his blank expression on the mound, died on Dec. 11 in a Shizuoka hospital due to rectal cancer, the Central League club said Tuesday. He was 66. Kato, who began his career with the ...

New Giant Yoh thrilled to wear No. 2

Dec 19, 2016

New Giant Yoh thrilled to wear No. 2

New Yomiuri Giant and star Taiwan outfielder Daikan Yoh said Monday he is thrilled to wear No. 2 for his new club, a number sandwiched between the digits worn by Hall of Famers Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima. “I’ll be in between great former ...

Dec 18, 2016

Carp acquire pitcher Brasier

The Hiroshima Carp have acquired right-hander Ryan Brasier, the Central League club announced Sunday. The 29-year-old agreed a one-year deal worth $475,000 plus incentives with a $50,000 signing bonus after going 5-3 with a 3.56 ERA, pitching mostly in relief, for Triple-A Nashville (Oakland ...

Dec 17, 2016

Giants sign ex-Mariners reliever Caminero

The Yomiuri Giants have acquired former Seattle Mariners reliever Arquimedes Caminero on a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.15 million (roughly ¥140 million), the Central League club announced Saturday. The hard-throwing right-hander, who made his major league debut in 2013 with the Miami Marlins, started ...

Dec 17, 2016

Carew receives heart transplant

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew has undergone successful heart and kidney transplant surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. The Minnesota Twins said Friday that the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours and that the 71-year-old ...

Dec 16, 2016

Tazawa reaches deal with Marlins

Free agent right-hander Junichi Tazawa has agreed to a two-year deal with the Miami Marlins, the National League club said Thursday. The deal worth $12 million is pending a physical exam, according to MLB.com, and, once official, will make the 30-year-old Tazawa the second ...

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

Dec 15, 2016

Rangers may try to prevent Darvish from playing in WBC

The Texas Rangers will try to prevent right-hander Yu Darvish from playing for Japan at the World Baseball Classic next March, as he only made his return from an elbow injury in May, the club’s general manger Jon Daniels indicated Wednesday. Darvish returned to ...