Eagles’ star pitcher to wed celebrity


Rakuten Eagles pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is set to tie the knot with TV celebrity and singer Mai Satoda.

The Sendai-based baseball team announced Thursday that 23-year-old Tanaka and Satoda, 27, plan to submit marriage papers in late March before the professional baseball season starts.

“I would like to excel in my career so that my most important person can live her life in comfort and smiles,” Tanaka, who won the 2011 Sawamura Award for outstanding pitching, said.