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Mar 6, 2014

Eagles pitcher Kamata to miss season

Yoshinao Kamata, who went 7-4 two years ago in his first year out of high school for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles has undergone ligament reconstruction surgery and will be out for a year, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. The 20 year-old Kamata ...

Feb 4, 2014

Balentien court hearing postponed

Wladimir Balentien’s court hearing in Miami on domestic violence and false imprisonment charges has been postponed, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows revealed Tuesday. Speaking to reporters at the Central League club’s offices in Tokyo, team president Tsuyoshi Kinugasa said the hearing scheduled for Monday in ...

NPB squads start spring training

Feb 1, 2014

NPB squads start spring training

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who last season won their first Japan Series in the franchise’s ninth year of existence, started spring training Saturday in Kumejima, Okinawa Prefecture, in preparation for the start of the regular season on March 28. The Eagles and seven ...

Balentien apologizes for arrest

Jan 29, 2014

Balentien apologizes for arrest

Wladimir Balentien, Japan’s single-season home run king, apologized Wednesday to fans and teammates over his arrest in Florida on domestic violence charges. The 28-year-old Balentien, who broke Nippon Professional Baseball’s record last season with 60 home runs, said he wanted to put off-field issues ...

Jan 28, 2014

Swallows slugger Balentien returns to Japan

Wladimir Balentien, who was arrested in Florida this month on charges of domestic violence, arrived in Japan on Tuesday in time for the start of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows’ spring training. The 29-year-old has pleaded not guilty to charges following an incident with his ...