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Jan 23, 2016

Buffaloes' Adachi hospitalized

Orix Buffaloes shortstop Ryoichi Adachi has been hospitalized for colitis, the Pacific League club announced Saturday. The 28-year-old, who led the Buffaloes in games played (139) and plate appearances (593) last season, had felt poorly for several days. He is expected to need two ...

Jan 21, 2016

BayStars acquire Yokohama Stadium operator

The Yokohama BayStars will make the operator of Yokohama Stadium its consolidated subsidiary, the Central League team announced Thursday following the completion of the takeover bid a day earlier. The team began its tender offer on Nov. 24 and acquired 71.12 percent of voting ...

Jan 15, 2016

Dragons ink former Japan star Tamura on developmental deal

Outfielder Hitoshi Tamura, a key contributor on Japan’s 2006 World Baseball Classic championship team, has joined the Chunichi Dragons on a developmental contract, the Central League club said Friday. The 38-year-old Tamura, who was released by the Yokohama BayStars in December, will receive an ...

Jan 13, 2016

Marines acquire Dominican infielder Navarro

The Chiba Lotte Marines on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Dominican infielder Yamaico Navarro. The 28-year-old, who joins Lotte after two years with South Korean club the Samsung Lions, has signed a one-year contract worth ¥140 million. Navarro, who has major league experience with ...

Jan 9, 2016

NPB enforce rules on plays at home

Japanese baseball’s Rules Committee agreed Friday to use the same rule regarding tag plays at home plate. The body, which is made up of representatives of amateur and professional baseball, agreed that both sides would enforce a new rule that will prohibit runners from ...

Jan 8, 2016

Fighters sign right-hander Bass

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have signed right-hander Anthony Bass on a one-year, ¥100 million ($845,000) deal, the Pacific League club announced Friday. The 29-year-old, who pitched in 33 games for the Texas Rangers last season with a 4.50 ERA, has 129 games under ...

Jan 7, 2016

Hanshin signs former Padres pitcher Mateo

The Hanshin Tigers have acquired right-hander Marcos Mateo, the Central League club announced Thursday. The 188-cm Dominican, has signed a one-year deal for ¥75 million ($638,000). He was 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 26 games for the San Diego Padres last season. Mateo ...