• Kyodo


The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks have signed Netherlands right-hander Rick van den Hurk, the Japan Series champions announced on Friday.

The 29-year-old van den Hurk is coming off two seasons in South Korea with the Samsung Lions. Last season, van den Hurk went 13-4 and led the Korean Baseball Organization in ERA, strikeouts and strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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