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Dice-K could face rocky transition

| Feb 7, 2015

Dice-K could face rocky transition

by Jason Coskrey

Video of Daisuke Matsuzaka pitching in the bullpen on Thursday, posted online by the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, revealed nothing spectacular or particularly revelatory. If anything, Matsuzaka resembled the pitcher he’s always been. His mechanics weren’t drastically different from the form he utilized last year ...

Feb 6, 2015

Lions closer Takahashi making adjustments to sinker

Seibu Lions closer Tomomi Takahashi said Friday that a sinker he’s playing around with might keep left-handed hitters more off balance this season. The 26-year-old lefty, who saved 29 games last season for the Pacific League club, threw his first bullpen of spring training ...

Feb 2, 2015

Gurriel officially signs with BayStars

Nearly two months after the Yokohama BayStars revealed they had come to terms with slugging Cuban infielder Yulieski Gurriel, the Central League club finally announced his signing Monday. Gurriel, 30, joined Yokohama midway through the 2014 season and batted .305 with 11 home runs ...

Jan 31, 2015

Spring training set to start

Spring training officially kicks off on Sunday for all 12 of Nippon Professional Baseball’s teams in Miyazaki and Okinawa prefectures. Miyazaki will get much of the early focus with both the Japan Series and Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks sharing the city with ...