Takahashi eyes move to majors

The Associated Press

Yomiuri Giants pitcher Hisanori Takahashi is hoping to continue his career in the major leagues.

Takahashi, who has filed for free agency, said at a news conference Tuesday he wants to follow in the footsteps of ex-teammates Hideki Matsui and Koji Uehara, who now play in the bigs.

Takahashi, a 34-year-old left-hander, went 10-6 with a 2.94 ERA for the Japan Series champion Giants this year. His best season with Yomiuri was 2007, when he was 14-4 with a 2.75 ERA.