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OSAKA (Kyodo) Junichi Tazawa received visits from Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers scouts Monday, with both teams formally expressing interest in acquiring the highly touted amateur hurler.

Neither team put a detailed proposal forward but Tazawa, who according to Nippon Oil manager Hideaki Okubo has now spoken to four major league teams, said the meetings went well.

“Today it was just basically an exchange of greetings but it was good to be able to listen to what they had to say,” said Tazawa, who met with the scouts at an Osaka hotel after the first round of the National Corporate Championship at Kyocera Dome.

“The most important thing at the moment is this tournament,” the Nippon Oil pitcher said of the national meet.

Tazawa met with major league scouts for the first time since he asked to be passed over by 12 Japanese clubs in last month’s draft when he spoke to the Seattle Mariners and the Atlanta Braves two weeks ago.

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