Disgraced Takagi returns to pro baseball

/ Mar 27, 2017

Disgraced Takagi returns to pro baseball

Nippon Professional Baseball announced the return of Kyosuke Takagi, found guilty of gambling, to professional baseball on Monday, when the reliever's former club, the Yomiuri Giants, signed him to a developmental contract. Takagi was handed a one-year suspension on March 22 last year after he ...

/ Mar 23, 2017

Giants seek banned pitcher Takagi's reinstatement

The Yomiuri Giants on Thursday filed an application for the reinstatement of their former reliever Kyosuke Takagi with Nippon Professional Baseball following his one-year suspension for gambling. Takagi, 27, was found to have bet on a handful of baseball games at the urging of a ...

/ Mar 22, 2017

Giants pitcher Takagi seeking comeback after gambling ban

Relief pitcher Kyosuke Takagi has told the Yomiuri Giants that he wants to return to baseball following his one-year suspension for gambling, the Central League club announced Wednesday. The Giants could file an application for his reinstatement with Nippon Professional Baseball's commissioner as early as ...

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

/ Jan 25, 2017

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

Yomiuri Giants outfielder Daikan Yoh of Taiwan has said he will not represent his national team at the World Baseball Classic in March, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who joined Yomiuri in the offseason as a domestic free agent, had ...

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 begin ...

'Poker Face' Kato, longtime hurler, dies at 66

/ Dec 20, 2016

'Poker Face' Kato, longtime hurler, dies at 66

Former Yomiuri Giants right-hander Hajime Kato, nicknamed "Poker Face" for his blank expression on the mound, died on Dec. 11 in a Shizuoka hospital due to rectal cancer, the Central League club said Tuesday. He was 66. Kato, who began his career with the Nishitesu ...

New Giant Yoh thrilled to wear No. 2

/ Dec 19, 2016

New Giant Yoh thrilled to wear No. 2

New Yomiuri Giant and star Taiwan outfielder Daikan Yoh said Monday he is thrilled to wear No. 2 for his new club, a number sandwiched between the digits worn by Hall of Famers Sadaharu Oh and Shigeo Nagashima. "I'll be in between great former Giants. ...