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[2/7/2015] Japan Women’s Baseball League Home Opener Series

by on Feb.07, 2015 @ 2:46 pm, under Women's Baseball
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The Japan Women's Baseball League released the schedule for the home opener series on Wednesday.

Kyoto Opener

Hyogo Dione vs Kyoto Flora at Wakasa Stadium Kyoto

  • March 28 (Sat) @ 13:00
  • March 29 (Sun) @ 13:00
  • March 30 (Mon) @ 18:30

Hyogo Opener

Saitama Astraia vs Hyogo Dione at Sumoto Baseball Stadium

  • April 4 (Sat) @ 13:00
  • April 5 (Sun) @ 13:00
  • April 6 (Mon) @ 18:00

Saitama Opener

Kyoto Flora vs Saitama Astraia at Kawagauchi Baseball Stadium

  • April 11 (Sat) @ 13:00
  • April 12 (Sun) @ 13:00
  • April 13 (Mon) @ 18:00

Source: official announcement

[1/26/2015] Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Fumimasa Ishibashi

by on Jan.26, 2015 @ 11:11 pm, under MLB
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Ichiro Suzuki agreed to a one-year deal with the Miami Marlins. From CBSSports.com:

The Marlins have agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki on Friday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms. Craig Mish of MLB Network Radio first reported the deal. According to Heyman, he'll receive $2 million in 2015.

Suzuki, 41, will serve as Miami's fourth outfielder, behind Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich.

Source: CBSSports.com 1/23/2015

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Yu Darvish's elbow is fine, from MLB.com's T.R. Sullivan:

... "This offseason I was able to work on my strength program and my training is going well right now," Darvish said Friday while making a rare public appearance at the Rangers Awards Dinner in Dallas.

It was the first time that Darvish has spoken publicly since he was shut down at the end of the season with mild inflammation in his right elbow. His last start was on Aug. 9 against the Astros, and right now he is throwing off flat ground. Darvish won't go off a mound until the beginning of February, but so far everything has gone well.

"My elbow feels fine and I am able to throw on my throwing program," Darvish said.

... "He's right on schedule," Daniels said. "I think Darvish is very in tune with his body as much as anybody and knows how he's feeling. He's very confident. Like any of these guys, until they're out there you're always going to have some reservation, but that's the worrywart in me. From all the information we have, I'm encouraged. He's basically been cleared to do just about everything."

Source: MLB.com 1/26/2015

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Former Yomiuri Giant and Rakuten Eagle John Bowker signed minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Source: Baseball America 1/24/2015

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Fumimasa Ishibashi will be a part of the coaching staff with the Ogden Raptors this year. Source: MLB.com Source: 1/13/2015

[1/17/2015] Norichika Aoki, Junichi Tazawa, Munenori Kawasaki

by on Jan.17, 2015 @ 9:06 pm, under MLB
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Norichika Aoki (33) signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman and Michael Hurcomb:

Heyman Tweet: aoki gets $4M with #SFgiants on 2015 deal plus performance bonuses.

Hurcomb update: [Aoki] will make $4 million, plus performance bonuses. He has a 2016 option, which includes a $700,000 buyout. The max Aoki can make on the deal is $12.5 million.

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The Boston Red Sox avoided arbitration with Junichi Tazawa (28), from the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo:

... Tazawa agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.25 million.

Tazawa, 28, appeared in 71 games in 2014, the same number he pitched in in 2013. He earned $1.275 million last season.

Source: Boston Globe 1/17/2015

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The Toronto Blue Jays have re-signed Munenori Kawasaki (33) to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, from the Toronto Star's Brendan Kennedy:

... The Jays announced Friday they had signed the beloved, high-energy infielder to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.

... Kawasaki will head to spring training as the fifth or sixth man on the Jays' middle-infield depth chart, behind Jose Reyes, Maicer Izturis, Ryan Goins, minor-league prospect Devon Travis and perhaps Steve Tolleson.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos, who praised Kawasaki's character and likeability in the clubhouse, said since it's a minor-league deal there's really no downside. No promises were made to Kawasaki regarding playing time and he still has minor-league options, so if he happens to be called up he can be demoted again without being exposed to waivers.

Source: Toronto Star 1/16/2015

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Shunsuke Watanabe (38) and Yusuke Kajimoto (31) could return to the Lancaster Barnstormers this year. From Lancaster Online's Burt Wilson:

... In addition to Burnett, Hobson said Japanese players Yusuke Kajimoto and Shunsuke Watanabe both want to return. Kajimoto's grand slam at Somerset brought the Barnstormers back from the brink of elimination in the first round of the playoffs.

Watanabe, a sidearm pitcher, was 8-2 with a 3.37 ERA in 39 games for the Stormers last season. The right-hander will return to Lancaster if he does not get a job pitching in Mexico, where he played this winter.

Source: lancasteronline 1/14/2015

[12/26/2014] Japan Women’s Baseball League announces changes

by on Dec.26, 2014 @ 2:44 am, under Women's Baseball
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The Japan Women's Baseball League announced changes to their league structure on Thursday. Beginning next season, each team in the league will be aligned with a specific region/location instead of a general direction.

  • East Astraia > Saitama Astraia
  • West Flora > Kyoto Flora
  • South Dione > Hyogo Dione
  • North Reia > Tohoku Reia

Tohoku Reia will become a development team for young players.

The season will begin in late-March and will be split into First and Second halves. An All-Star game will be scheduled between the two halves. About sixty games will be played in one year. Updated rosters have been posted at the official league site. [Direct links: Astraia, Flora, Dione, Reia]

Source: official announcement

[12/7/2014] Japan Women’s Baseball League 2014 Awards

by on Dec.07, 2014 @ 4:31 pm, under Women's Baseball
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Best Nine

Pos Name JPN Name ENG Team
P 矢野 みなみ Yano, Minami West Flora
C 中村 茜 Nakamura, Akane West Flora
1B 大山 唯 Oyama, Yui North Reia
2B 小西 つどい Konishi, Tsudoi West Flora
3B 厚ヶ瀬 美姫 Atsugase, Miki East Astraia
SS 中村 香澄 Nakamura, Kasumi West Flora
OF 三浦 伊織 Miura, Iori West Flora
OF 川崎 ひかる Kawasaki, Hikaru South Dione
OF 金山 亜莉紗 Kanayama, Arisa West Flora
DH 池山 あゆ美 Ikeyama, Ayumi West Flora

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[11/8/2014] Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish

by on Nov.08, 2014 @ 11:59 pm, under MLB
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Ichiro Suzuki has a new agent: John Boggs. He is set to appear on MLB Network on November 10. He told Bob Costas that he intends to play in the Majors next season. MLB.com is carrying a preview of the show here.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 11/8/2014

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Yu Darvish's next MRI could be pushed back. From Fox Sports Southwest's Anthony Andro:

... There are no plans for Maddux to visit with Texas pitcher Yu Darvish while he's in Japan. Darvish was originally slated to be in Texas in the middle of the month for an MRI but that could be pushed back, which could possibly open the door for Maddux to see Darvish.

Meeting with Darvish wouldn't have mattered if Maddux wouldn't have reached a new deal with the Rangers. That happened last week though as Maddux will return for his seventh season.

Source: Fox Sports 11/6/2014

[11/4/2014] Tsuyoshi Wada, Hiroki Kuroda

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 7:14 pm, under MLB
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Tsuyoshi Wada signed a one-year deal with Chicago. From ESPN's Jesse Rogers:

The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with left-handed starter Tsuyoshi Wada on a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

... Wada is expected to compete for a bottom-of-the-rotation spot with the Cubs in 2015.

The deal is for $4 million, a source confirmed.

Source: ESPN 11/3/2014

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Hiroki Kuroda "iffy" to get qualifying offer from the Yankees. From CBS Sports' Jon Heyman:

... while [the Yankees] haven't made the ultimate call on veteran starter Hiroki Kuroda, they don't seem especially likely to make him the same offer.

... There is some belief Kuroda could retire, anyway, but it is hard to see anyone signing him to his usual one-year deal for more than $15.3 million and being willing to give up the draft choice. The $15.3 million salary probably isn't too far above Kuroda's value, though, making the choice difficult. He was 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA this past year.

Source: CBS Sports 11/2/2014

Fourth Women’s Baseball Japan Cup – West Flora wins tournament

by on Nov.04, 2014 @ 12:13 am, under Women's Baseball
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Date Time Game  Away Score Home 
11/2 Sun 10:15 1st Round, Gm 1 East Astraia 10-0 Heisei Kokusai University
11/2 Sun 12:35 1st Round, Gm 2 North Reia 3-4 Shobi Gakuen University
11/2 Sun 15:10 1st Round, Gm 3 West Flora 7-3 Asahi Trust
11/3 Mon 9:00 Quarterfinals, Gm 1 Hamanji 6-1 Hanasaki Tokuharu High School
11/3 Mon 11:50 Quarterfinals, Gm 2 East Astraia 8-2 Saitama Sakae High School
11/3 Mon 14:35 Quarterfinals, Gm 3 Shobi Gakuen University 8-1 Kamata Jyoshi High School
11/3 Mon 17:00 Quarterfinals, Gm 4 Fukuchiyama Seibi High School 0-4 West Flora
11/4 Tue 9:00 Semifinals, Game 1 East Astraia 8-0 Hamanji
11/4 Tue 11:30 Semifinals, Gm 2 West Flora 3-0 Shobi Gakuen University
11/4 Tue 14:30 Finals East Astraia 0-12 West Flora

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