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Eagles announce signing of hometown hurler Kishi

Nov 18, 2016

Eagles announce signing of hometown hurler Kishi

Free agent right-hander Takayuki Kishi came home on Friday, when he announced his signing with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. “Today, I have become a member of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles,” the 31-year-old native of Sendai told a news conference at the club’s ...

Nov 18, 2016

Fighters sign veteran pitcher Murata

Former Yomiuri Giants and Cleveland Indians minor leaguer Toru Murata has signed with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the team announced Friday. Murata is currently playing winter ball in Venezuela, where local media reported Sunday that the 31-year-old pitcher will attempt a comeback in ...

Fighters manager Kuriyama receives Shoriki Award

Nov 17, 2016

Fighters manager Kuriyama receives Shoriki Award

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters skipper Hideki Kuriyama, who led the Pacific League team to its first Japan Series title in 10 years this past season, won the Matsutaro Shoriki Award on Thursday. Kuriyama, 55, took the prize in a unanimous vote by a five-member ...

Free agent Kishi to leave Lions to join Eagles

Nov 17, 2016

Free agent Kishi to leave Lions to join Eagles

Seibu Lions free agent pitcher Takayuki Kishi said Thursday he is going to join the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, a move that will take him back to his hometown of Sendai. Kishi met with Seibu senior director Hisanobu Watanabe and other officials the same ...

Nov 15, 2016

Right-hander Bass not returning to Fighters

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Anthony Bass is leaving the Japan Series champion after one season, the Pacific League club announced Tuesday. The 29-year-old pitched both as a starter and in relief in 37 regular-season games as he went 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA. ...

Nov 15, 2016

Tigers won't re-sign slugger Gomez

The Hanshin Tigers said Tuesday they will not renew their contract with infielder Mauro Gomez, who spent three seasons with the Central League team. Gomez, 32, was the league’s RBI king in his first year in NPB in 2014 with 109 RBIs, but had ...

Nov 14, 2016

Swallows acquire Green from minor leagues

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows have acquired Dean Green, a U.S. minor league infielder, on a one-year contract worth ¥50 million (about $460,000) plus incentives, the Central League baseball club said Monday. Green has no experience in the big leagues, but Masayuki Okumura, the Swallows’ ...

Nov 10, 2016

Lions obtain pitcher Schlitter

The Seibu Lions have acquired right-hander Brian Schlitter, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. The 30-year-old, who has a 3-6 record with a 5.40 ERA in 78 games with the Chicago Cubs, played for Triple-A Albuquerque this past season. Schlitter has been training with ...

Kikuchi, Maru lead Golden Glove winners

Nov 8, 2016

Kikuchi, Maru lead Golden Glove winners

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Hiroshima Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi and outfielder Yoshihiro Maru each made it four Golden Gloves in four years as the recipients of Japanese baseball’s top defensive honor, the Mitsui Golden Glove Award, were revealed on Tuesday. Suzuki, who seems to make a play ...