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Kaneko, Sugano claim MVP awards

Nov 26, 2014

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 ...

Doctors clear Rangers ace Darvish for throwing program

Nov 26, 2014

Doctors clear Rangers ace Darvish for throwing program

Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program for the Texas Rangers. Darvish, who missed the last seven weeks of the MLB season because of inflammation in his right elbow, had an MRI and was examined Tuesday by team physician Dr. ...

Nov 26, 2014

Free agent Koyano joins Buffaloes

Infielder Eiichi Koyano said Wednesday he will join the Orix Buffaloes as a free agent in a multiyear deal from the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. “The biggest decisive factor was getting the chance to challenge myself again in a new place,” said the 34-year-old ...

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 ...

Panda runs off to Red Sox

Nov 25, 2014

Panda runs off to Red Sox

The Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger has informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. “Got the call. He is going to ...

Nov 24, 2014

Toritani still unsure about future

Free agent shortstop Takashi Toritani said Monday that his decision about whether to move to the majors or remain in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers will not be made until at least the middle of December. Toritani, who last week won his fifth Central ...

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 ...

Owners give Manfred five-year term as MLB commissioner

Nov 21, 2014

Owners give Manfred five-year term as MLB commissioner

Praising the transition as quick and orderly, Bud Selig announced on Thursday that baseball owners unanimously approved a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed the longtime commissioner early next year. Selig spoke at the conclusion of two days of meetings in Kansas ...