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Jan 22, 2015

Toritani rejoins Tigers on five-year deal

Shortstop Takashi Toritani signed a five-year contract with the Hanshin Tigers on Thursday that could keep the team captain with the Central League club for the remainder of his career. Toritani, who had pondered a move to the majors this winter as a free ...

Taiwan-born ballplayer Taiho dies of leukemia

Jan 19, 2015

Taiwan-born ballplayer Taiho dies of leukemia

Taiwanese-born Yasuaki Taiho, who formerly played for the Chunichi Dragons and the Hanshin Tigers, has died of acute myeloid leukemia. He was 51. Taiho, whose Taiwanese name was Chen Tai-feng, passed away at a Nagoya hospital on Sunday evening. Taiho joined the Dragons as ...

Jan 8, 2015

Ex-Pirates infielder Sanchez joins Eagles

Former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Gaby Sanchez will join the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for the 2015 season. Sanchez was not offered a contract by the Pirates and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Eagles, the team announced Thursday on its website. The ...

Dec 29, 2014

Swallows sign reliever Ondrusek

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows said Monday they had acquired 203-cm right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek on a one-year deal. The 29-year-old Ondrusek went 21-11 with two saves over five seasons with the Cincinnati Reds. He has a career 3.89 ERA over 270⅔ innings. Ondrusek was ...

Kuroda returning to Carp

Dec 27, 2014

Kuroda returning to Carp

Free agent pitcher Hiroki Kuroda will rejoin the Central League’s Hiroshima Carp in 2015 after seven seasons in the majors, the club announced on Saturday. Hiroshima gave the 39-year-old Kuroda a one-year contract worth an estimated ¥400 million plus performance-related bonuses. “We want him ...

Dec 26, 2014

Hawks sign Dutchman van den Hurk

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks have signed Netherlands right-hander Rick van den Hurk, the Japan Series champions announced on Friday. The 29-year-old van den Hurk is coming off two seasons in South Korea with the Samsung Lions. Last season, van den Hurk went 13-4 and ...