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Yusei Kikuchi may follow Shohei Ohtani's example in the MLB

Baseball / MLB Jan 2, 2019

Yusei Kikuchi may follow Shohei Ohtani's example in the MLB

Although Yusei Kikuchi is arriving in the major leagues with less fanfare than Shohei Ohtani did a year ago, the lefty could — like Ohtani did — help change people's minds about Japanese pitching. Kikuchi, who has reportedly reached a deal with the Seattle Mariners, ...

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

Baseball / MLB Dec 27, 2018

Yusei Kikuchi prepared himself for move to majors

Yusei Kikuchi's impending move to the major leagues this winter has been planned out long in advance, according to sources close to the left-handed pitcher. From the instant the Seibu Lions announced they would be willing to post their No. 1 pitcher this offseason, Kikuchi ...

Japan-MLB All-Star Series part of rich history

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 7, 2018

Japan-MLB All-Star Series part of rich history

The latest chapter in a long history of pro baseball exchanges between Japan and the United States will open Friday with the start of the six-game Japan All-Star Series. For the second time, visiting major leaguers will square off against Japan's national team, Samurai Japan, ...

Tomoyuki Sugano still has sights set on majors

Baseball / Japanese Baseball May 20, 2018

Tomoyuki Sugano still has sights set on majors

Tomoyuki Sugano may be the best pitcher in the world who isn't in the major leagues, but the 28-year-old Yomiuri Giants star intends to rectify that situation. Last season's winner of the Eiji Sawamura Award as Japan's most impressive starting pitcher, the soft-spoken right-hander has ...

Kenta Maeda ready for fresh start with Dodgers

Baseball / MLB Mar 25, 2018

Kenta Maeda ready for fresh start with Dodgers

This spring has been a homecoming for pitcher Kenta Maeda, who will be back in the Los Angeles Dodgers rotation after spending time as a reliever last autumn. After a couple of limited stints in the bullpen during the season, Maeda was an effective short ...