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Mariners on verge of deal with slugger Cruz

Dec 2, 2014

Mariners on verge of deal with slugger Cruz

The Mariners are on the verge of landing the right-handed slugger they were seeking for the middle of their batting order. Free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz and Seattle are nearing agreement on a contract, two people with knowledge of the deal told AP on ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nov 28, 2014

Japan to compete in Premier 12 baseball tournament

The Baseball Federation of Japan announced Friday that the 12 nations in next year’s inaugural Premier 12 event have been decided. The tournament, slated for November 2015, will pit the top-12 nations in the International Baseball Federation’s world rankings. According to the World Baseball ...

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 ...

Doctors clear Rangers ace Darvish for throwing program

Nov 26, 2014

Doctors clear Rangers ace Darvish for throwing program

Yu Darvish has been cleared to start his offseason throwing program for the Texas Rangers. Darvish, who missed the last seven weeks of the MLB season because of inflammation in his right elbow, had an MRI and was examined Tuesday by team physician Dr. ...

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 ...

Panda runs off to Red Sox

Nov 25, 2014

Panda runs off to Red Sox

The Kung Fu Panda is moving to Boston. Free agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a multiyear contract, and the switch-hitting slugger has informed the San Francisco Giants he’s leaving. “Got the call. He is going to ...