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Dec 4, 2014

Swallows re-sign veteran reliever Barnette

Tokyo Yakult Swallows closer Tony Barnette has re-signed for the 2015 season, the Central League club announced Thursday. In an injury-shortened season, the 31-year-old Barnette, who was deactivated on Sept. 23 due to strained left oblique muscles, worked 33 games with a 1-2 record ...

Kyoto University alum Tanaka joins pro ranks

Dec 2, 2014

Kyoto University alum Tanaka joins pro ranks

Right-hander Eisuke Tanaka, who was drafted in the second round by the Chiba Lotte Marines, will be the first-ever Kyoto University alumnus to become a Japanese pro baseball player. The 180-cm, 75-kg Tanaka has agreed to join the Pacific League team on the base ...

Dec 2, 2014

BayStars release slugger Blanco

The Yokohama BayStars opted not to extend the contract of slugger Tony Blanco and have released the Dominican first baseman, the Central League club announced on Tuesday. Blanco, 34, was notified the same day as the Nippon Professional Baseball’s commissioner’s office announced the names ...

Nov 29, 2014

Sawamura Award winner Kaneko undergoes elbow surgery

Pacific League MVP and Sawamura Award winner Chihiro Kaneko had bone cartilage cleaned from his right elbow for the second time on Saturday, the Orix Buffaloes said. According to Orix, the 31-year-old Kaneko, who has filed for free agency, will need at least three ...

Nov 28, 2014

Jones, Falkenborg not returning to Eagles: source

Designated hitter Andruw Jones and closer Brian Falkenborg have been cut from the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ reserved list and released, an informed source said Friday. The team is looking toward to acquiring foreign players to fill the cleanup hitter and closer roles, but ...

Nov 28, 2014

Tatsunami added to Hall of Fame ballot for first time

Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday announced that Kazuyoshi Tatsunami is among nine new players on the ballot to select next year’s class to the Hall of Fame. Tatsunami, an infielder who played his entire career with the Central League’s Chunichi ...

Kaneko, Sugano claim MVP awards

Nov 26, 2014

Kaneko, Sugano claim MVP awards

by Jason Coskrey

Chihiro Kaneko put up big numbers last season, but was largely out of the spotlight when it was time to give out awards. This time around, the Orix Buffaloes ace was one of the main attractions. Kaneko was named the 2014 Pacific League MVP ...

Nov 26, 2014

Free agent Koyano joins Buffaloes

Infielder Eiichi Koyano said Wednesday he will join the Orix Buffaloes as a free agent in a multiyear deal from the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. “The biggest decisive factor was getting the chance to challenge myself again in a new place,” said the 34-year-old ...

Nov 25, 2014

Eagles, Tigers want to sign Kaneko

The Tohoku Rakuten Godlen Eagles’ managing director indicated Tuesday that the club would pursue free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, the ace of the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes. A day after Kaneko said he was not inclined to ask Orix to post him to the ...

Nov 25, 2014

Giants acquire pitchers Poreda, Mikolas

The Yomiuri Giants announced Tuesday that they have signed left-hander Aaron Poreda and right-hander Miles Mikolas, both of whom pitched last season for the American League’s Texas Rangers. Poreda, 28, has pitched in 40 big league games, all in relief, with a career ERA ...

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Nov 24, 2014

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko indicated on Monday he will not push the Pacific League club to make him available to big league clubs through the posting system. The 31-year-old Kaneko, who won the Sawamura Award this year as Japan’s outstanding starting pitcher, also ...

Hawks on track to add Matsuzaka

Nov 24, 2014

Hawks on track to add Matsuzaka

Free-agent pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has apparently decided to return to Japanese baseball with the Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who said Monday they are really interested in adding the right-hander. The 34-year-old Matsuzaka last played in Japan in 2006, when he was posted ...