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Chicago Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga speaks during his introductory news conferenece in Chicago on Friday.
Jan 13, 2024
Japan's 'Throwing Philosopher' Imanaga excited to join the Cubs
Nicknamed "The Throwing Philosopher" for his studious approach to baseball, Imanaga helped Japan capture last year's World Baseball Classic.
Imanaga, 30, posted a 7-4 record and led NPB with 174 strikeouts last season.
Jan 12, 2024
Cubs make Imanaga signing official with four-year, $53 million deal
Imanaga's contract includes a team option to extend the deal to become a five-year, $80 million pact, according to MLB Network.
Shota Imanaga pitches during Japan's win over the U.S. in the final of the World Baseball Classic in March.
Jan 10, 2024
Japanese lefty Shota Imanaga signing with Cubs
Imanaga, 30, was among the most sought-after international free agents after Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Shota Imanaga in action for Japan in a World Baseball Classic Pool B game against South Korea in Tokyo on March 10
Jan 8, 2024
Cubs among four teams chasing lefty Shota Imanaga
30-year-old Imanaga has been posted by the Central League's DeNA BayStars.
Shota Imanaga pitches for Japan during the World Baseball Classic final in Miami on March 21.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 27, 2023
BayStars post pitcher Shota Imanaga to clear way for MLB move
The 30-year-old led the Central League with 174 strikeouts over 148 innings this year, while having a 7-4 record and a 2.80 ERA in 22 games.
The BayStars' Shota Imanaga is expected to draw considerable interest when he is made available to MLB teams.
Nov 23, 2023
BayStars pitcher Shota Imanaga set to be posted by Monday
Once MLB notifies its 30 teams that a player has been posted, they will have 45 days to negotiate with him.
Shota Imanaga speaks during a news conference at Yokohama Stadium on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 13, 2023
BayStars lefty Shota Imanaga hoping to face Shohei Ohtani in MLB
The BayStars have given the 30-year-old pitcher permission to use the posting system this offseason.
Shota Imanaga pitches for Japan during the World Baseball Classic final in March.
Nov 13, 2023
BayStars southpaw Shota Imanaga drawing interest from MLB teams
Imanaga impressed in his two innings as the starting and winning pitcher for Japan in the World Baseball Classic final against the United States in March.
Pitcher Natsuki Takeuchi is tossed into the air in celebration by his Kokugakuin University teammates in Yokohama after he was taken in the first round of Japanese pro baseball's new-player entry draft on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 27, 2023
Watarai and Takeuchi most sought-after players in NPB draft
The DeNA BayStars won the rights to sign Watarai, while the Seibu Lions get to negotiate with Takeuchi.
Carp batter Kosuke Tanaka hits to right field in the 8th inning of the team's second Central League Climax Series' first stage game against the BayStars at Mazda Stadium in Hiroshima on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 16, 2023
Carp finish off BayStars to set up clash with Tigers
The Hiroshima Carp will face the Hanshin Tigers in the CLCS final stage at Koshien Stadium starting Wednesday.
Giants pitcher Iori Yamasaki (left) celebrates with catcher Takumi Oshiro after their win over the BayStars at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday night.
Oct 5, 2023
Iori Yamasaki gives exiting Giants skipper Tatsunori Hara a win
Yamasaki (10-5) struck out six batters without issuing a walk, while the CL wins leader Katsuki Azuma (16-3) took a tough loss.
DeNA's Katsuki Azuma pitches against the Giants in Yokohama on Tuesday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Sep 27, 2023
Katsuki Azuma gem for DeNA puts Giants' playoff hopes on rocks
The BayStars' only run came when catcher Yudai Yamamoto's ground ball found a hole between third and short for a leadoff single.
Giants' Hayato Sakamoto celebrates with teammates after hitting a 3-run home run against the BayStars at Yokohama Stadium on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Sep 24, 2023
Shosei Togo and Hayato Sakamoto lead Giants past BayStars
Yomiuri entered the game at Yokohama Stadium three games back of third-place DeNA in the battle for the CL's last two playoff seeds.
BayStars starter Katsuki Azuma recorded a complete-game victory against the Carp in Hiroshima on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Sep 8, 2023
Katsuki Azuma tosses complete game to help BayStars end slide
BayStars starter Katsuki Azuma recorded a complete-game victory against the Carp in Hiroshima on Thursday.
Reliever Edwin Escobar has allowed just three runs in his last 16 appearances for the BayStars.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 14, 2023
Hard-throwing Edwin Escobar keeping things simple with BayStars
Edwin Escobar is back to doing what he loves as the BayStars jostle for position in the Central League.
The Giants' Lewis Brinson hits a two-run double against the BayStars at Tokyo Dome on Saturday afternoon.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 12, 2023
Lewis Brinson and Iori Yamasaki lead Giants past BayStars
Lewis Brinson does not have to adjust to the intensity at this time of the year as his Yomiuri Giants fight for a spot in the postseason.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Jul 10, 2023
Embracing change key ingredient in Neftali Soto's longevity in NPB
Soto has followed helpful advice from former teammate Jose Lopez during his time in Japan.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 25, 2023
DeNA closes on first place as Katsuki Azuma shuts out CL-leading Tigers
Azuma struck out nine without a walk to outduel fellow lefty Masashi Ito, who took the loss despite seven solid innings.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 26, 2023
Giants rally for win over BayStars
The Giants won the last two games of their three-game series.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 24, 2023
Shosei Togo and Kazuma Okamoto carry Giants to win over BayStars
Togo threw a shut out, and Okamoto provided the run support with a solo home run.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation