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Marines ask Iguchi to manage team

The Chiba Lotte Marines have asked Tadahito Iguchi, who is set to retire as a player this season, to become manager of the Pacific League club, an informed source said Saturday. If Iguchi accepts the post, he would become the first Japanese with experience playing in the major leagues to skipper ...

High school slugger Kiyomiya plans to turn pro

Sep 22, 2017

High school slugger Kiyomiya plans to turn pro

Kotaro Kiyomiya, who holds the unofficial high school baseball record of 111 home runs, on Friday expressed his intention to turn professional. "I have decided to try for my next big dream with the understanding of how tough it is to be a pro," the ...

Indians continue historic stretch

/ Sep 22, 2017

Indians continue historic stretch

It's time for the 2017 Cleveland Indians to be introduced to the one and only 1884 Providence Grays. They share some unlikely history, the two teams, which played a mere 141 years apart, are the only two clubs to have ever won 27 out of ...

Hawks' Yanagita sidelined with abdominal injury

/ Sep 21, 2017

Hawks' Yanagita sidelined with abdominal injury

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks outfielder Yuki Yanagita was diagnosed with an injury to his abdominal muscles and intercostal muscles between his ribs that requires three weeks to heal, the club said Thursday. Yanagita was removed from the active roster on the same day, which puts ...

Dragons' Morino set to retire after season

/ Sep 21, 2017

Dragons' Morino set to retire after season

Chunichi Dragons infielder Masahiko Morino, who played for Japan at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will retire at the end of this season, the team announced on Thursday. This season, the 21st year of his pro career, the 39-year-old Morino played in only 21 games, ...

MLB chief believes teams will follow rules over Otani

/ Sep 21, 2017

MLB chief believes teams will follow rules over Otani

With Shohei Otani considering a jump to a Major League Baseball team, commissioner Rob Manfred said he believes it will be hard for teams to circumvent existing contract rules in pursuit of the coveted two-way player. Otani's situation was among several issues, including pace of ...

/ Sep 20, 2017

Life-sized Otani figure sold on first day

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters sold a one-of-a-kind, life-sized figure of Shohei Otani on Wednesday, the same day it was put on sale, the team said. The unique offering was priced at ¥1,111,111 (roughly $9,986) — a figure derived from Otani's uniform No. 11, and ...

Fukura to remain as Orix manager

/ Sep 20, 2017

Fukura to remain as Orix manager

Junichi Fukura has accepted the Orix Buffaloes' request that he stay on as manager for 2018, the 57-year-old said Wednesday. It will be the third full season in charge for Fukura, who was promoted from head coach to the Pacific League club's interim manager during ...