Gomes expands horizons with Japan move

Mar 22, 2016

Gomes expands horizons with Japan move

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Yomiuri Giants reliever Tetsuya Yamaguchi, for some reason, thought he could get away with a first-pitch, 128-kph slider over the outside of the plate against Jonny Gomes. A few seconds later, Gomes, the newest member of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, was jogging around ...

Mar 2, 2016

Akaminai to replace Kawabata for Taiwan games

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles corner infielder Ginji Akaminai has been called up for the Japan national team in place of Tokyo Yakult Swallows third baseman Shingo Kawabata, who has been diagnosed with influenza, for two games against Taiwan this weekend, NPB Enterprises announced Wednesday. ...

Feb 22, 2016

Eagles sign former major leaguer Gomes

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Monday announced the acquisition of free agent Jonny Gomes on a one-year deal worth ¥200 million. The 35-year-old outfielder, who batted 162 home runs in 13 major-league seasons, helped the Tampa Bay Rays win their first American League ...

Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

Feb 10, 2016

Rakuten's Matsui aims to build on success

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles closer Yuki Matsui recorded a club-record 33 saves last year, but hopes to reach greater heights this year with a more efficient form that will get him through the stretch run of the season. In his second season, the southpaw ...

Feb 6, 2016

Gomes finalizes deal to play for Rakuten

Jonny Gomes, a 13-season Major League Baseball outfielder who played on two of the past three World Series champions, has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to published reports this week. The 35-year-old American was a ...

Dec 24, 2015

Mexican League MVP Amador joins Eagles

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have signed 28-year-old first baseman-designated hitter Japhet Amador, this year’s Mexican League MVP, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. The 193-cm, 135-kg Amador led his league this year with 41 home runs and 117 RBIs for Mexico City Red ...

Dec 9, 2015

Norimoto likely to get ball for Rakuten in 2016 opener

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Masataka Nashida on Wednesday indicated he will pin his hopes on Takahiro Norimoto for next season’s opening game against the Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. It will make the 25-year-old Norimoto the first NPB pitcher to start four ...

Nov 27, 2015

Eagles sign former Marine Imae

Former Chiba Lotte Marines third baseman Toshiaki Imae has joined the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the Pacific League club announced Friday. The 32-year-old Imae spent all of his 14 years as professional with Lotte after joining the PL team as the third draft pick ...