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Jan 6, 2017

Dragons sign pitchers Araujo, Rondon

The Chunichi Dragons have acquired Venezuelan pitchers Elvis Araujo and Jorge Rondon, the Central League club announced Friday. Left-hander Araujo went 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA in 72 major league games for the Philadelphia Phillies over the past two seasons, while Rondon, a right-hander, ...

Jan 5, 2017

Marines finalize deals with Paredes, Standridge

The Chiba Lotte Marines on Thursday announced the acquisition of Dominican infielder Jimmy Paredes. The 28-year-old, who played in the major leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies last season, signed a one-year deal worth $1.2 million (about ¥140 million). Paredes ...

Ex-Hankyu Braves star Spencer dies at 88

Jan 3, 2017

Ex-Hankyu Braves star Spencer dies at 88

Daryl Spencer, a key member of the Hankyu Braves’ Pacific League dynasty of the 1960s and early 1970s, has died, according to a report in a newspaper from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. He was 88. Spencer died Monday, the Wichita Eagle reported without ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

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Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...

Kiyohara admits to using stimulants during playing days

Dec 30, 2016

Kiyohara admits to using stimulants during playing days

Fallen Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who was handed a suspended term for possessing, using and purchasing illegal drugs earlier this year, has admitted using different drugs during his playing days. The 49-year-old Kiyohara, speaking during a program aired on TBS on Thursday night, ...

Dec 28, 2016

Carp outfielder Akamatsu diagnosed with stomach cancer

Masato Akamatsu, a speedy reserve outfielder for the Hiroshima Carp, revealed Wednesday that he has stomach cancer. “It’s not life threatening, but I have to have surgery,” said the 34-year-old, who will have an operation early next month. “I want to recuperate quickly and ...

Dec 28, 2016

Dragons acquire relievers Araujo, Rondon

The Chunichi Dragons have acquired lefty Elvis Araujo and right-hander Jorge Rondon, sources said Wednesday. The 25-year-old Araujo, who pitched in 72 games over the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, was recently released by the Miami Marlins. The 28-year-old Rondon has pitched ...