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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 ...

Dec 27, 2016

Swallows sign veteran hurler Ohlendorf

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows acquired right-hander Ross Ohlendorf on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, the Central League club announced Tuesday. The 34-year-old, who pitched in 64 games for the Cincinnati Reds this season, relies on a good fastball and sinker and has a ...

Giants pitcher Utsumi has tumor removed from chest

Dec 26, 2016

Giants pitcher Utsumi has tumor removed from chest

Yomiuri Giants lefty Tetsuya Utsumi had surgery to remove a mediastinal tumor between his lungs, the Central League team said Monday. The tumor was discovered during a routine postseason physical. Utsumi, 34, is expected to be discharged from hospital within the year and could ...

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 ...