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[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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[10/31/2014] Koji Uehara, Hisashi Iwakuma, Kyuji Fujikawa

by on Oct.31, 2014 @ 11:17 pm, under MLB
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The MLB released a list of free agents on Thursday. Hiroyuki Nakajima (Athletics), Kyuji Fujikawa (Cubs), Hisashi Iwakuma (Mariners), Daisuke Matsuzaka (Mets), Norichika Aoki (Royals), Hiroki Kuroda (Yankees), and Ichiro Suzuki (Yankees) were included on the list. Fujikawa and Iwakuma have options.

Source: MLB.com 10/30/2014

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The Boston Red Sox signed Koji Uehara (39) to a two-year deal worth eighteen million US dollars. From ESPN's Gordon Edes:

... The Red Sox signed Uehara before he became eligible to negotiate with other clubs Tuesday. His deal nearly doubles the two-year, $9.25 million contract he signed with the Red Sox before the 2013 season, before he had been identified as the club's closer. It is $2 million less than last's winter's two-year, $20 million deal the Detroit Tigers gave to free agent Joe Nathan, who is perhaps the closest comparison to Uehara, given that he was 38, a year younger than the Japanese right-hander.

... "You're really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball for several years," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "And again, based on our evaluation at the end of the year and what he did, we did not see any reason why that can't continue.''

... "From a health standpoint, he had a little lower back issue at the end of the year, but that was resolved and wasn't really a concern going forward," Cherington said, making the first mention by any Red Sox official that the pitcher's back had been bothering him.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Hisashi Iwakuma (33) will be back in Seattle next year. From The Seattle Times' Ryan Divish:

... The Mariners announced that [Iwakuma's] $7 million option for 2015 has been exercised. However, they didn't decide on the option. Per a source, Iwakuma did enough in 2014 — 15-9 with a 3.52 ERA in 28 starts — and last season to have the option vest automatically. So there was no decision to be made.

Source: The Seattle Times 10/30/2014

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The Chicago Cubs declined Kyuji Fujikawa's (34) option. From The Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales:

The Chicago Cubs' 40-man roster shrunk to 35 Thursday as reliever Carlos Villanueva filed for free agency, and the team declined the 2015 option on reliever Kyuji Fujikawa.

... Fujikawa will receive a $500,000 buyout and becomes a free agent.

Source: ESPN 10/30/2014

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is planning to return to his home in Boston to begin workouts for next season in November. Source: Sponichi 10/31/2014