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Dec 10, 2014

Girardi has high hopes for Tanaka

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday he is optimistic about Masahiro Tanaka’s ability to take a leading role in the starting rotation in 2015 following a serious elbow injury this year that sidelined the right-hander for over two months. Speaking to reporters ...

Dec 10, 2014

Akiyama's wife, 55, passes away

Former Fukuoka Softbank Hawks manager Koji Akiyama’s wife, Chiaki, has died, an informed source said Wednesday. She was 55. The cause of death has not been released. Akiyama, 52, led the Hawks to their first Japan Series championship in three years this past season. ...

Dec 9, 2014

Ichiro waiting for an offer: agent

Ichiro Suzuki’s agent said Monday that his client is keen to compete and awaiting an offer from a team looking for a veteran role model. Speaking at the Baseball Winter Meetings, agent John Boggs said no deal was currently in the works for the ...

Dec 6, 2014

Buffaloes sign Blanco, Bullington

The Orix Buffaloes have signed slugger Tony Blanco and Bryan Bullington, who were released from the Yokohama BayStars and Hiroshima Carp, respectively. First baseman Blanco, 34, figures to make an estimated ¥500 million over two years, while right-hander Bullington, 34, has agreed to a ...

Dec 6, 2014

Eagles finalize deal with Mickolio

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have acquired the services of 30-year-old reliever Kam Mickolio, who was released from the Hiroshima Carp at the end of the season, on a contract for ¥150 million, including a signing bonus. The deal was announced on Saturday. The ...

Dec 6, 2014

Rays appoint Cash as new manager

Kevin Cash is the new manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. The team announced the former Cleveland Indians bullpen coach as Joe Maddon’s replacement on Friday, selecting him over ex-Seattle Mariners manager and current Kansas City Royals bench coach Don Wakamatsu. Cash, who turns ...

Yanks acquire Gregorius to replace retired Jeter

Dec 6, 2014

Yanks acquire Gregorius to replace retired Jeter

The Yankees made their first big moves to reshape for 2015, acquiring a shortstop to replace Derek Jeter and a relief pitcher who could take over for David Robertson as closer. As part of a three-team trade on Friday, the Yankees obtained shortstop Didi ...

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Dec 5, 2014

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Four-time Best IX shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is returning to Japan on a three-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes, the Pacific League team said Friday. The deal is for ¥1.2 billion. The 32-year-old Nakajima spent the last two years in the United States in the ...

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Dec 5, 2014

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Sweet-swinging, hard-throwing Shohei Otani became the second player to sign a ¥100 million contract ahead of his third season out of high school with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The 20-year-old Otani led the third-place Fighters with an 11-4 record, 179 strikeouts and a ...

Dec 4, 2014

Hawks sign hurler Matsuzaka

Two-time World Baseball Classic MVP Daisuke Matsuzaka has signed with the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, the Japan Series champions announced Thursday. The 34-year-old right-hander compiled a 3-3 record last season with one save and a 3.89 ERA over 34 games as a reliever ...

Dec 4, 2014

Nakajima won't return to Lions

Former Lions star Hiroyuki Nakajima has rejected the possibility of a return to his old club, Seibu managing director Haruhiko Suzuki said Thursday. Nakajima, a four-time winner of the Pacific League’s Best IX Award at shortstop, has spent the past two seasons in the ...