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[6/20/2013] Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, Hiroki Kuroda, Gosuke Katoh

by on Jun.20, 2013 @ 4:03 pm, under MLB
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From June 19:

Hitters

Player Tm Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG Other
Norichika Aoki MIL DNP                   Place on paternity list for birth of second child. [Mike Vassllo Tweet 6/20/2013]
Munenori Kawasaki TOR COL 2 @ TOR 5 SS 3 1 1 0 0 1 2 .221 Batted ninth. F7, Kl, 3B9 (R). Committed a throwing error (5) in the top of the 5th.
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK DNP                    
Hirotoshi Onaka TEX SPO 3 @ VAN 8 LF 4 0 0 0 0 0   .125 Batted second. F9, F7, G4, E3.
Ichiro Suzuki NYY G1: LAD 4 @ NYY 6 RF 4 2 3 3 0 0 0 .274 Batted sixth. 1B4 (R), Fo5, HR9 (3), 1B7 (two RBI). Made a nice leaping catch at the warning track in the 8th.
G2: LAD 6 @ NYY 0 LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270 Batted sixth. G5, G1 (bunt), Fo5.
Kensuke Tanaka SF FRE 5 @ REN 11 PH 1 0 1 0 0 0   .322 Entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Fabio Castillo in the top of the 6th. 1B9.

Pitchers

Player Tm Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA Other
Yu Darvish TEX DNP                     Next start: June 23 vs Cardinals.
Kyuji Fujikawa CHC DNP                      
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA DNP                     Next start: June 21 vs Athletics.
Hiroki Kuroda NYY G1: LAD 4 @ NYY 6 107-69 27 6.2 8 2 2 1 2 0 2.78 Left the game in the top of the 7th with runners on first and second, two out, and the Yankees up 6-2. (W, 7-5). ... Has now recorded victories against all NL teams. Still needs wins against Twins and Tigers in the AL. [Nikkan Sports 6/20/2013]
Daisuke Matsuzaka CLE DNP                     Next start: June 22 vs Lehigh Valley.
Toru Murata CLE DNP                      
Hideki Okajima OAK SRC 7 @ SLC 11 26-16 7 1.0 5 4 4 0 0 1 3.79 Entered the game in the bottom of the 6th with Sacramento up 4-3. Left the game in the bottom of the 7th with a runner on first, no out, and the game tied at six.. (BS, 1) (L, 0-2).
Hisanori Takahashi CHC G2: NAS 0 @ IOW 1 12-8 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.98 Entered the game in the top of the 6th with no score. (W, 1-0).
Yoshinori Tateyama TEX MRB 9 @ RRE 4 50-33 12 3.0 1 0 0 2 5 0 4.24 Entered the game in the top of the 2nd with a runner on second, no out, and Round Rock down 9-1.
Junichi Tazawa BOS DNP                      
Koji Uehara BOS DNP                      
Tsuyoshi Wada BAL DNP                     Next start: June 22 vs Scranton/WB.

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Former Yomiuri Giant Keisuke Saito has reportedly decided to sign with the Kitchener Panthers (Intercount Baseball League in Canada).

Saito was the Giants' third round draft pick in 2008. He was released in October 2012 without ever making it to the active roster.

Source: Sanspo 6/20/2013

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Gosuke Katoh tweeted that he signed with the New York Yankees. From YES Network:

According to Baseball America, Katoh, the Yankees' second round selection who is the highest-chosen Japanese-born player ever, has agreed to his exact slot bonus of $845,700, meaning the Yankees still have saved nearly $276K of their allotted pool for their first through tenth-round selections.

Source: YES Network 6/19/2013

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Manny Ramirez is parting ways with the EDA Rhinos because he apparently misses his family in the New York. From an AP report:

Slugger Manny Ramirez is leaving Taiwanese team The Rhinos after just 49 games because the club says he misses his family in New York.

The Rhinos said it tried to keep the 12-time All-Star in Taiwan, including raising his monthly pay to almost $60,000 from $25,000.

[AP at ESPN 6/19/2013]

1/24/2013: Hideki Matsui, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Keisuke Saito

by on Jan.24, 2013 @ 4:32 pm, under MLB
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The Japan Times is featuring an open letter from Arn Tellem on Hideki Matsui.  Here is a snip:

He replied the next day. Over the next few weeks we corresponded about the ancient verities that were important to Matsui: honor, respect, humility. I promised that, if hired, I would uphold Matsui's standards and treat him like a member of my family.

Toward the end of that November I learned through the Japanese media that Matsui had chosen me to be his agent.

During my 32 years in the business, that was the first — and so far only — time I've been hired by an athlete whom I had yet to meet.

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Bay Area News Group's John Hickey has posted an article about Bob Melvin's expectations of Hiroyuki Nakajima.

A's manager Bob Melvin believes new shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima will have a somewhat easier path to big league success than outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did last year.

Like Cespedes last season, Nakajima will be jumping into a new world once the A's convene spring training workouts in Phoenix on Feb. 12. But because Nakajima signed with the A's in December, the Japanese import should have plenty of time to prepare for his first big-league season.

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Former Yomiuri Giant Keisuke Saito (22) will be participating in the Texas Winter League.  Saito was drafted in the third round in 2009 out of Chiba Keizai University High School.  He was senryokugai'ed by the Giants after the 2012 season.  Source: Nikkan Sports 1/24/2013

Yomiuri Senryokugai: Ten players including Hideki Asai and Yuki Kume

by on Oct.03, 2012 @ 4:35 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they informed the following ten players they will not be offered contracts for the 2013 season:

Pos Player JPN Player ENG Age
P 朝井 秀樹 Asai, Hideki 28
P 久米 勇紀 Kume, Yuki 27
P 土本 恭平 Tsuchimoto, Kyohei 26
P 宮本 武文 Miyamoto, Takefumi 22
P 古川 祐樹 Furukawa, Yuki 27
P 斎藤 圭祐 Saito, Keisuke 22
INF 円谷 英俊 Tsuburaya, Hidetoshi 28
INF 財前貴男 Zaizen, Takao 25
INF 伊集院峰弘 Ijuin, Takahiro 24
OF 小林高也 Kobayashi, Takaya 28

Source: official announcementNikkan Sports 10/2/2012

Yomiuri Giants to release 7 players including Shinji Takahashi and Ryota Wakiya

by on Nov.21, 2011 @ 7:28 pm, under NPB
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The Yomiuri Giants announced today that they will be releasing the following seven players: Yuki Furukawa (26), Kyohei Tsuchimoto (26), Keisuke Saito (21), Ryota Wakiya (30), Hidetoshi Tsuburaya (27), Kazunao Yamamoto (25), and Shinji Takahashi (33).

UPDATE @ 7:45pm - Wakiya is expected to return to the Giants under an Ikusei contract.

UPDATE 11/22 @ 11:21pm - On why Wakiya was released in order to sign an Ikusei deal: he suffered a ligament injury in his right elbow that will most likely require surgery and a significant amount of time for a full recovery.

The other players (not including Takahashi and Wakiya) could also return to the team under Ikusei deals.

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Yuki Furukawa - 2011 Season

Pitcher G W L SV CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun 10 1 1 0 0 0 .500 33 7.0 7 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 8 7 9.00

Kyohei Tsuchimoto - 2011 Season

Did not pitch in any games

Keisuke Saito - 2011 Season

Did not pitch in any games

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Ryota Wakiya - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 53 167 154 12 27 3 2 0 34 10 7 2 4 1 6 1 2 24 0 .175 .221 .215
Ni-gun 23 90 80 10 23 3 1 1 31 4 4 2 1 0 9 0 0 9 0 .288 .388 .360

Hidetoshi Tsuburaya - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 13 20 17 1 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 5 0 .118 .176 .211
Ni-gun 40 111 96 12 27 4 1 1 36 8 1 1 7 1 6 0 1 18 1 .281 .375 .327

Kazunao Yamamoto - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ni-gun 116 393 360 31 101 18 2 9 150 45 8 4 13 4 14 0 2 68 6 .281 .417 .308

Shinji Takahashi - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG SLG OBP
Ichi-gun 27 49 44 1 8 2 0 0 10 3 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 8 0 .182 .227 .250
Ni-gun 28 67 60 3 19 4 0 2 29 15 1 0 0 2 5 1 0 8 1 .317 .483 .358