Mar 17, 2015

Eagles hurler Norimoto named Opening Day starter

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Takahiro Norimoto will pitch his team’s Opening Day, manager Hiromoto Okubo said Tuesday. Norimoto, 24, will be the starting pitcher for the third straight year since his rookie season. He is only the second player since the start of ...

Mar 10, 2015

Eagles' Mickolio sidelined with disk hernia

Right-hander Kam Mickolio, who was expected to take over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ closer role this year, has been diagnosed with a disk hernia that will require at least three months to heal, the team said Tuesday. The 205-cm Mickolio had complained of ...

McGehee at ease after trade to San Francisco

Feb 28, 2015

McGehee at ease after trade to San Francisco

MLB Casey McGehee has been everywhere on the baseball map. He played high school ball near Santa Cruz, California, played collegiately at Fresno State and then began a tour that took him to Chicago (Cubs), Milwaukee (Brewers), Pittsburgh (Pirates), New York (Yankees), Japan (Tohoku ...

Jan 8, 2015

Ex-Pirates infielder Sanchez joins Eagles

Former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Gaby Sanchez will join the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for the 2015 season. Sanchez was not offered a contract by the Pirates and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Eagles, the team announced Thursday on its website. The ...

Dec 17, 2014

Eagles reach agreement in principle with Sanchez

The Pacific League’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have reached an agreement in principle with 31-year-old first baseman Gaby Sanchez, managing director Hiroshi Abei revealed Wednesday. The one-year deal is for an estimated $2.5 million (roughly ¥290 million) with additional performance-based incentives. The deal is ...

Dec 6, 2014

Eagles finalize deal with Mickolio

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have acquired the services of 30-year-old reliever Kam Mickolio, who was released from the Hiroshima Carp at the end of the season, on a contract for ¥150 million, including a signing bonus. The deal was announced on Saturday. The ...

Matsui signs two-year deal

Nov 29, 2014

Matsui signs two-year deal

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles infielder Kazuo Matsui re-signed Saturday with the Pacific League team on a fresh, two-year contract for an estimated annual salary of ¥160 million, plus performance-based incentives. The Eagles captain, who will turn 40 in October next year, expressed his appreciation ...

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 ...