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Nov 29, 2016

Longtime hurler Arakaki retires

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nagisa Arakaki revealed his decision to retire Tuesday after 14 years in Nippon Professional Baseball. “I thought it was about time to decide after speaking to my family,” said Arakaki, who was released by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows last ...

Nov 29, 2016

Veteran pitcher Volquez to join Marlins: source

The Miami Marlins have begun the painful task of revamping their rotation following the death of ace Jose Fernandez, reaching a deal with free agent Edinson Volquez. The veteran right-hander agreed to a $22 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the situation said ...

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

Nov 29, 2016

Otani, Arai win MVP awards

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Shohei Otani’s historic season of rewriting the record books and challenging conventional baseball wisdom reached its logical conclusion on Monday night. In a result that came as a surprise to no one, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ two-way star was crowned Pacific League MVP, ...

Nov 26, 2016

Otani aims to be world's fastest pitcher

A day after being named both the best pitcher and the best designated hitter in the Pacific League, Shohei Otani said Saturday he’d also like to throw the world’s fastest pitch. In an event inHokkaido, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters star said throwing 169 ...

Nov 26, 2016

Dragons sign Cuban infielder Guerrero

The Chunichi Dragons have acquired Cuban infielder Alex Guerrero on a one-year deal worth ¥150 million (about $1.3 million) plus incentives, the Central League club announced Saturday. The 30-year-old, who can also play outfield, played in 117 major league games for the Los Angeles ...

Nov 25, 2016

Fighters retain pitchers Mendoza, Martin

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have re-signed right-handers Luis Mendoza and Chris Martin for next season, the Pacific League club announced Friday. Mendoza, who went 7-8 with a 3.88 ERA chiefly as a starter in his third season with the Fighters, agreed to a ...

'Shot Heard 'Round World' pitcher Branca dies

Nov 24, 2016

'Shot Heard 'Round World' pitcher Branca dies

Ralph Branca’s career was defined by that one high-and-inside fastball. The Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up Bobby Thomson’s famed “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” that still echoes more than six decades later as one of the most famous home runs in baseball history, ...

Nov 24, 2016

Mariners, D-Backs make five-player trade

The Seattle Mariners finally landed the established shortstop they’ve long been trying to find. To do it, they had to part with a talented young pitcher who still has the potential to blossom. Seattle and Arizona pulled off a five-player trade Wednesday night, with ...

Nov 23, 2016

Carp cut ties with Luna, Pridie, Delabar

The Hiroshima Carp announced Wednesday that they will not offer a contract extension to veteran third baseman Hector Luna. The 36-year-old Luna played in just 67 regular-season games for the Carp after spending his first three seasons in Japan with the Chunichi Dragons. Luna ...

Nov 23, 2016

BayStars acquire pitcher Patton from Cubs

Right-hander Spencer Patton has signed with the Yokohama BayStars, the Central League club announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old Patton has pitched in 52 big league games over the past three seasons, including 16 this year for the Chicago Cubs. The reliever has a 3-2 record ...