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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 ...

New Giant Yoh thrilled to wear No. 2

Dec 19, 2016

New Giant Yoh thrilled to wear No. 2

New Yomiuri Giant and star Taiwan outfielder Daikan Yoh said Monday he is thrilled to wear No. 2 for his new club, a number sandwiched between the digits worn by Hall of Famers Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima. “I’ll be in between great former ...

Dec 18, 2016

Carp acquire pitcher Brasier

The Hiroshima Carp have acquired right-hander Ryan Brasier, the Central League club announced Sunday. The 29-year-old agreed a one-year deal worth $475,000 plus incentives with a $50,000 signing bonus after going 5-3 with a 3.56 ERA, pitching mostly in relief, for Triple-A Nashville (Oakland ...