Baseball / Japanese Baseball

Fighters sign veteran outfielder Drake

Kyodo

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have signed outfielder Yadir Drake for the rest of the season, the Pacific League club announced Thursday.

The 27-year-old Cuban has batted .385 in 71 games in the Mexican League this season.

He signed a ¥1.5 million (around $133,000) deal with the Fighters.

“I’m expecting big things from him, to act as a spark for our comeback in the second half of the season,” skipper Hideki Kuriyama said.