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Ex-Hankyu Braves star Spencer dies at 88

Jan 3, 2017

Ex-Hankyu Braves star Spencer dies at 88

Daryl Spencer, a key member of the Hankyu Braves’ Pacific League dynasty of the 1960s and early 1970s, has died, according to a report in a newspaper from his hometown of Wichita, Kansas. He was 88. Spencer died Monday, the Wichita Eagle reported without ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

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Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...

Kiyohara admits to using stimulants during playing days

Dec 30, 2016

Kiyohara admits to using stimulants during playing days

Fallen Japanese baseball star Kazuhiro Kiyohara, who was handed a suspended term for possessing, using and purchasing illegal drugs earlier this year, has admitted using different drugs during his playing days. The 49-year-old Kiyohara, speaking during a program aired on TBS on Thursday night, ...

Dec 28, 2016

Carp outfielder Akamatsu diagnosed with stomach cancer

Masato Akamatsu, a speedy reserve outfielder for the Hiroshima Carp, revealed Wednesday that he has stomach cancer. “It’s not life threatening, but I have to have surgery,” said the 34-year-old, who will have an operation early next month. “I want to recuperate quickly and ...

Dec 28, 2016

Dragons acquire relievers Araujo, Rondon

The Chunichi Dragons have acquired lefty Elvis Araujo and right-hander Jorge Rondon, sources said Wednesday. The 25-year-old Araujo, who pitched in 72 games over the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies, was recently released by the Miami Marlins. The 28-year-old Rondon has pitched ...

Dec 27, 2016

Swallows sign veteran hurler Ohlendorf

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows acquired right-hander Ross Ohlendorf on a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, the Central League club announced Tuesday. The 34-year-old, who pitched in 64 games for the Cincinnati Reds this season, relies on a good fastball and sinker and has a ...

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

Dec 27, 2016

Ex-pitcher Saito lands job as adviser for Padres

Former major leaguer Takashi Saito has been appointed club adviser for the San Diego Padres and will take on the new role starting Jan. 1, baseball sources said Tuesday. The 46-year-old had been working as an intern at the National League club’s front office ...

Dec 27, 2016

Former Rangers pitcher Barfield, 52, shot dead

John Barfield, a left-hander from Arkansas who pitched three seasons for the Texas Rangers beginning in 1989, died in a shooting in Little Rock, police and family members said. He was 52. Police said Barfield was fatally shot on Christmas Eve after an altercation ...

Giants pitcher Utsumi has tumor removed from chest

Dec 26, 2016

Giants pitcher Utsumi has tumor removed from chest

Yomiuri Giants lefty Tetsuya Utsumi had surgery to remove a mediastinal tumor between his lungs, the Central League team said Monday. The tumor was discovered during a routine postseason physical. Utsumi, 34, is expected to be discharged from hospital within the year and could ...