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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 ...

Jan 30, 2015

Matsui plans visit to Giants' training camp

Retired former New York Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui will observe the Yomiuri Giants’ spring training camp in Miyazaki on Feb. 3-4, Giants team representative Atsushi Harasawa revealed on Friday. The news came a day after it was announced that Matsui will visit the Yokohama ...

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 ...