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 ...

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 ...

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Nov 24, 2014

Kaneko set to pass on big-league opportunity

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko indicated on Monday he will not push the Pacific League club to make him available to big league clubs through the posting system. The 31-year-old Kaneko, who won the Sawamura Award this year as Japan’s outstanding starting pitcher, also ...

Sawamura Award winner Kaneko to start Game 2

Nov 13, 2014

Sawamura Award winner Kaneko to start Game 2

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo hopes that right-hander Chihiro Kaneko will continue in Friday’s Game 2 of the Japan-Major League All-Star Series what teammate Kenta Maeda started in a 2-0 win in Game 1. Kokubo called Kaneko, who won this year’s Sawamura Award as ...

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

Nov 11, 2014

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

The Orix Buffaloes’ Sawamura Award-winning right-hander Chihiro Kaneko said he had exercised his domestic free-agency rights on Tuesday. “I made my decision after giving it a lot of thought,” Kaneko said. “I want to explore all my options and I thought this would be ...