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[5/8/2014] Norichika Aoki, Koji Uehara, Tsuyoshi Wada

by on May.08, 2014 @ 6:08 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 5/7 NYY 9
LAA 2
RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .373
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th on defense in right. Nikkan Sports 5/8/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 5/7 KCR 8
SDP 0
RF 6 2 3 0 0 1 3 .276
Batted lead-off. 1B9-SB[4] (third base)-R[17], Ks, 1B8, 1B7-R[18], F6, G4. Nikkan Sports 5/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2014
Munenori Kawasaki TOR 5/7 BUF 0
GWI 5
2B 3 0 1 0 0 0   .234
Batted ninth. G1f, F8, 1B6. Nikkan Sports 5/8/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 5/7 OMA 6
RRE 3
2B 4 1 1 0 0 0   .293
Batted ninth. L5, G6, 1B8-R[18], F8. Nikkan Sports 5/8/2014
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/7 CRD 4
ROM 5
2B 4 0 0 0 0 1   .200
Batted eighth. G3, Kl, F7, F9.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Koji Uehara BOS 5/7 CIN 3
BOS 4
13-10 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1.23
Entered the game in the top of the 9th with Boston up 4-3. Picked up the save. (S, 8). Nikkan Sports 5/8/2014, Nikkan Sports 5/8/2014, Sponichi 5/8/2014, Sponichi 5/8/2014, MLB.com Highlight

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[5/6/2014] Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ichiro Suzuki, Norichika Aoki

by on May.06, 2014 @ 4:46 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ichiro Suzuki NYY 5/5 NYY 1
LAA 4
RF 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 .373
Batted ninth. G4, Kl, 1B5b. Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014, Sponichi 5/6/2014
Norichika Aoki KCR 5/5 KCR 5
SDP 6
RF 5 1 1 0 0 0 7 .276
Batted lead-off. G3, G4, 1B9-R[15], G4(DP), F5. Replaced on defense in the bottom of the 8th. Sponichi 5/6/2014
Kensuke Tanaka TEX 5/5 NOZ 13
RRE 4
2B 4 1 1 0 0 0   .295
Batted lead-off. L7, 1B9-R[17], HBP, F8, G4. Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014
Hiroyuki Nakajima OAK 5/5 MRO 6
FRI 7
2B 4 0 1 1 0 1   .400
Batted seventh. F4, F9, Ks, 1B9-RBI[2].
Gosuke Katoh NYY 5/5 DEL 3
CRD 4
2B 2 1 0 0 0 1   .211
Batted eighth. G3, SHe1f-R[14], Ks.

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Daisuke Matsuzaka NYM 5/5 NYM 3
MIA 4
29-14 5 0.0 2 3 2 2 0 0 3.48
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with New York up 3-0. He left five batters later with runners on second and third, no out, and the score tied at three. (BS, 1). Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014, Sponichi 5/6/2014
Yoshinori Tateyama NYY 5/5 IND 6
SWB 7
47-31 12 2.1 5 4 4 0 3 1 6.08
Entered the game in the top of the 4th with a runner on first, two out, and Scranton up 2-1. Nikkan Sports 5/6/2014

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[4/1/2014] Junichi Tazawa, Yu Darvish, Tomochika Tsuboi

by on Apr.01, 2014 @ 5:58 pm, under MLB
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Hitters

Player Tm Date Game Pos AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Norichika Aoki KCR 3/31 KCR 3
DET 4
RF 5 0 0 0 0 2 2 .000
Batted lead-off. G6, K (foul tip), E6, Ks, G4. Nikkan Sports 4/1/2014

Pitchers

Player Tm Date Game NP-S BF IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Junichi Tazawa BOS 3/31 BOS 1
BAL 2
13-10 3 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Entered the game in the bottom of the 8th with Boston down 2-1. Nikkan Sports 4/1/2014

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12/20/2012: Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Yoshinori Tateyama

by on Dec.20, 2012 @ 3:24 pm, under MLB
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New York Yankees finalize deal with Ichiro Suzuki, from the NY Daily News' Mark Feinsand:

... The Yankees officially announced their deal with Ichiro Suzuki, bringing back the 39-year-old outfielder for $13 million over the next two seasons.

"The Yankees are the kind of team that I always envisioned being a part of," Suzuki said. "Everyone in the world of competition has a strong desire to win, but the Yankees also have an atmosphere where losing is not an option. These two observations may sound similar, but I believe it is a rarity to find both coexisting in the same organization.

"I believe the Yankees organization appreciates that there is a difference between a 39-year-old who has played relying only on talent, and a 39-year-old who has prepared, practiced, and thought thoroughly through many experiences for their craft. I am very thankful, and I will do my best to deliver on their expectations."

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More on Hiroyuki Nakajima's contract with the Oakland A's, from the CBSSports.com's wire reports:

Nakajima will get a $1.25 million signing bonus and base salaries of $2.25 million next year and $2.5 million in 2014. He can earn up to $1.3 million in performance bonuses next season. Whatever bonuses he earns will be added to his salary in 2014, when he can earn up to $600,000 in bonuses based on playing time. Nakajima could earn as much as $9.2 million his first two years.

There is also a $500,000 buyout if the A's don't exercise their option for 2015, and Nakajima will be eligible for free agency at the end of the deal. The contract also includes awards bonuses and various perks including an interpreter, flights to and from Japan and moving expenses.

UPDATE @ 10:06pm - Nakajima returned to Japan today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012

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Yoshinori Tateyama has received offers from a number of teams, including the Texas Rangers.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012

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If Tomochika Tsuboi cannot find a place to play in the US next season, he will most likely retire.

Said Tsuboi, "I am not thinking about playing in places like Japan or Korea.  If it does not work out, then I will quit."

Tsuboi signed with the San Rafael Pacifics (North American League) this year before suffering a left shoulder sprain in July and a right shoulder injury in August.  He worked out in Sapporo on Wednesday.

Source: Sponichi 12/20/2012

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Koji Uehara returned to Japan today.  Source: Nikkan Sports 12/20/2012

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Former Orix Buffalo Alfredo Figaro signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers.  From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt:

The Milwaukee Brewers added to their pitching depth Wednesday by signing right-hander Alfredo Figaro to a minor-league contract for 2013 with an invitation to their spring camp.

... "He has a good arm," said Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash. "He will compete as a starter (in spring training) and move to the pen as needed."

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8/8/2012: Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki, Ichiro Suzuki

by on Aug.08, 2012 @ 1:36 pm, under MLB
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Games from August 7:

Detroit Tigers 6 - New York Yankees 5
Ichiro Suzuki (NYY) started in left and batted eighth.  He went 2-for-4: ground out to short, strikeout swinging, RBI double to left, RBI single to center. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, SponichiSponichi]

Arizona Diamondbacks 10 - Pittsburgh Pirates 4
Takashi Saito (ARI) entered the game in the bottom of the 7th, with the Diamonbacks up 3-2, and could not retire any of the four batters he faced: lead-off homer, single to center, double to left, intentional walk.  He suffered his first blown save of the year. Final line: 0.0 IP, 15-8 NP-S, 4 BF, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Oakland A's 10 - LA Angels 4
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th, with the Angels down 10-2, and retired the side in order.  Final line: 1 IP, 14-9 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Texas Rangers 6 - Boston Red Sox 3
Junichi Tazawa (BOS) entered the game in the top of the 9th -- runner on second, one out, Boston down 5-3 -- and allowed the inherited runner to score before getting out of the inning.  Final line: 0.2 IP, 21-15 NP-S, 4 BF, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 SO, 0 HR.  [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsDaily Sports]

Minnesota Twins 7 - Cleveland Indians 5
Tsuyoshi Nishioka (MIN) started at second and batted second.  He went 0-for-3: ground out to short, walk, ground out to first, ground out to third, sac fly to left. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Milwaukee Brewers 3 - Cincinnati Reds 1
Norichika Aoki (MIL) started in right and batted first.  He went 1-for-4: strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, ground out to second, infield single.  Aoki has hit safely in ten straight games. [Nikkan Sports, Nikkan SportsDaily Sports]

Baltimore Orioles 8 - Seattle Mariners 7
Munenori Kawasaki (SEA) started at short and batted ninth.  He went 3-for-6: single to left (run scored), strikeout swinging, ground out to first, ground out to short, infield single, single to left. [Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports, Sponichi]

Scranton/WB 3 - Rochester 1 (AAA)
Ryota Igarashi (SWB) entered the game in the bottom of the 11th and retired the side in order for his seventh save of the year.  Final line: 1 IP, 10-8 NP-S, 3 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

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Daisuke Matsuzaka's (BOS) next rehab start at Triple-A Pawtucket will come on August 10.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2012

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Yu Darvish's (TEX) next start will be against the Detroit Tigers on August 12.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2012

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Tomochika Tsuboi has signed a deal with the Gary Southshore Railcats (American Association of Independent Professional Baseball).  Source: Sponichi 8/8/2012, Tsuboi's Blog, Player Profile Page

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Interest in Hiroyuki Nakajima (Seibu): Arizona D-backs' Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers and Kansas City Royals' Special Assistant to the General Manager/Player Personnel Luis Medina were at Tuesday's nights Seibu-Lotte game at QVC Marine.

Medina is also expected to be at tonight's Lotte game.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2012

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Interest in Kyuji Fujikawa (Hanshin): The D-backs and Cleveland Indians were seen the Hanshin-Yomiuri game at Tokyo Dome on Tuesday night.  Yankees' Senior Director, Pro Personnel Billy Eppler was also there.  Source: Nikkan Sports 8/8/2012

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5/9/2012: Kosuke Fukudome, Hideki Matsui, Tomochika Tsuboi

by on May.09, 2012 @ 4:41 pm, under MLB
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Games from May 8:

Detroit Tigers 6 - Seattle Mariners 4
Ichiro Suzuki (SEA) started in right and batetd third.  He went 1-for-4: pop out to second, RBI single to right (run scored), fly out to left, fly out to second, IBB. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports, Nikkan Sports, Daily Sports]

Chicago White Sox 5 - Cleveland Indians 3
Kosuke Fukudome (CWS) entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Dayan Viciedo in the top of the 10th inning and flied out to center.  Fukudome took over in left in the bottom of the 10th. [Nikkan Sports]

Minnesota Twins 4 - LA Angels 0
Hisanori Takahashi (LAA) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th (runner on first, two out, and the Angels down 4-0) and got Joe Mauer to ground out to second to end the inning.  Final line: 0.1 IP, 3-1 NP-S, 1 BF, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Texas Rangers 10 - Baltimore Orioles 3
Koji Uehara (TEX) entered the game in the game in the bottom of the 7th inning (Rangers up 8-1) and tossed a shutout inning in relief.  Final line: 1 IP, 15-11 NP-S, 4 BF, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 0 HR. [Nikkan Sports]

Milwaukee Brewers 8 - Cincinnati Reds 3
Norichika Aoki (MIL) entered the game as a defensive replacement in left in the top of the 9th inning. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

Round Rock 11 - Salt Lake 9
Yoshinori Tateyama (RRE) entered the game in the bottom of the 8th and gave up three runs (none earned) over an inning of work.  Final line: 1 IP, 24-17 NP-S, 6 BF, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 SO, 1 HR. [Sponichi, Nikkan Sports]

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Ichiro Suzuki, Munenori Kawasaki, and Hisashi Iwakuma visited an elementary school on Tuesday as part of the Seattle Mariners D.R.E.A.M. program.

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Kosuke Fukudome's (CWS) single to center in the 7th inning of Monday's game against the Cleveland Indians (Game 1) was the 7,000th hit collected by a Japanese player.  Masanori Murakami collected the first hit on June 29, 1965.

Japanese players are also three homers away from 500.

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Hideki Matsui (TBR) wore the number fifty-five during practice on Tuesday.  During situational batting practice, Matsui was the starting DH and batted third -- he collected a two-run double to right-center in his first at bat, grounded out to first in his second at bat, and flied out to center in his third at bat.

Matsui faced Bryan Augenstein during batting practice on Monday and collected two hits (eight swings) on fourteen pitches.

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WEEI's Alex Speier provides the following update on Daisuke Matsuzaka (BOS):

While Matsuzaka reported no problems in the neck issue that delayed his latest outing by a few days, he acknowledged that his rebuilt elbow varies on a day-to-day basis. That being the case, he did not exude certainty about whether he might be ready to return to the majors with another couple of starts.

"Overall, my body feels good, so that's fine, but my elbow, depending on the day — some days it feels better than others. Right now, I'm hoping when I start, it hits the day I'm feeling good," he told reporters. "Regarding being ready in two more games, it's hard to say because it's a step-by-step process, a game-by-game process. I'll just go see how I pitch my next outing and see how that goes and see where I stand then."

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Tomochika Tsuboi will continue his playing career with the San Rafael Pacifics (North American Baseball League).  Tsuboi will head to the States last this month.

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3/2/2012: Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ryota Igarashi, Tsuyoshi Wada, Yu Darvish

by on Mar.02, 2012 @ 2:11 pm, under MLB
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Nikkan Sports round up for practices on Thursday:

  • Norichika Aoki took about fifty swings during batting practice.  He also stayed back after general workouts for extra soft-toss batting practice.
  • Yu Darvish did not pitch and kept workouts light.  He is scheduled to throw during an intra-squad game on Friday.
  • The Seattle Mariners had the day off.
  • Hiroki Kuroda tossing batting practice.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka threw thirty-six pitch, including off-speed pitches, during a bullpen session.

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Hiroki Kuroda worked on signs with the catcher while tossing thirty-five pitches to two batters during batting practice on Thursday.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw thirty-six pitches in the bullpen on Thursday and told reporters that he was used to throwing the ball and he no longer felt worried about his arm.  The bullpen was also done with situations that called for change of speeds and pitch types.

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Yoshinori Tateyama gave up a homer to Josh Hamilton during batting practice on Wednesday.  He also broke Nelson Cruz's bat.  He is scheduled to pitch in Friday's intra-squad game, as is Koji Uehara (one inning each).

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According to Nikkan Sports: Ryota Igarashi used to rely on the fork, but struggled with the pitch after heading to the US.  He was advised to pick up a slider when he played for the New York Mets and has finally managed to get comfortable with it.  The Nikkan Sports article includes the following quote from Rod Barajas, a catcher that knows Igarashi from 2010: "Igarashi can work the count with the fastball and slider and turn to the curve to mess with timing. He is a lot easier to catch now."

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Sponichi figures Munenori Kawasaki could make his debut at third if Chone Figgins needs to spend some time in center because of Franklin Gutierrez's injury.

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Norichika Aoki took eleven swings against Yovani Gallardo during batting practice on Thursday.

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Tsuyoshi Wada played catch for the first time in five days on Thursday.  The session lasted about ten minutes and at a distance between fifteen to thirty meters.  Wada will play catch again on Friday and depending on how things go, he could be cleared to toss a bullpen session as early as Sunday.

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Yu Darvish's workouts on Thursday lasted about two hours and included infield drills and running.  He also played catch at various distances while throwing the ball at different speeds.  He threw the ball about sixty times.

During batting practice on Wednesday, Darvish shook off the catcher five times in a row at one point.  During the session, he threw the fastball, cutter, slider, curve, splitter, change, and two-seamer.  The shake off occurred on the thirty-third pitch because Darvish wanted to throw the splitter.

Darvish is scheduled to pitch one inning during an intra-squad game on Friday.

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Tomochika Tsuboi visited the Texas Rangers' facilities in Surprise, AZ on Wednesday.

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2/15/2012: Hiroki Kuroda, Takashi Saito, Koji Uehara

by on Feb.15, 2012 @ 3:10 pm, under MLB
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Hiroki Kuroda, who is currently working in Los Angeles, tossed sixty pitches during a bullpen session on Tuesday.

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Takashi Saito threw twenty-one pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday.

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Koji Uehara is currently in Baltimore and will be heading to Arizona soon.

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Daisuke Matsuzaka threw twenty pitches, all fastballs, in the bullpen on Tuesday.

Matsuzaka also sat down with pitching coach Bob McClure and decided he will begin regular, but modified, workouts with the other pitchers.

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Tsuyoshi Nishioka started working out in Florida on Tuesday and said to reporters, "If you do not put up results [in this sport] you will disappear.  I will take this season very seriously."

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Hisashi Iwakuma had a chance to watch other pitchers toss bullpen sessions on Tuesday.

"I was wondering how hard others were throwing and what kind of they were throwing at," said Iwakuma.  "They [actually] are not throwing that hard.  That made me think that I need to make some adjustments."

Iwakuma is scheduled to toss another bullpen on Wednesday.

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Sponichi mentions that Seattle Mariners' bench coach Robby Thompson wants Munenori Kawasaki to learn how to play second and third as well.

Kawasaki worked out for about three hours on Tuesday.  His workouts included batting practice, fielding practice at third and short, and indoor batting practice in the cages.

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According to SponichiTomochika Tsuboi (37) will be playing for the Yuma Scorpions and is scheduled to join them on February 16 (February 17 Japan time).

Tsuboi apparently decided to head to the US after he failed to receive offers from teams in Japan.

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Senryokugai: a number of other Orix Buffaloes given notices

by on Oct.07, 2011 @ 3:18 am, under NPB
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In addition to So Taguchi (42), a number of other veteran players, including Masayuki Hasegawa (34), Masahide Kobayashi (37), and Tomochika Tsuboi (37), were also apparently given senryokugai notices.  The team could make a formal announcement as early as the 9th.

Masayuki Hasegawa - 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ni-gun 27 1 0 8 - 0 0 1.000 123 28.0 34 1 7 1 0 23 1 0 13 11 3.54

Masahide Kobayashi - 2011 Season

Level G W L SV HLD CG SHO PCT BF IP H HR BB IBB HB SO WP BK R ER ERA
Ichi-gun 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 27 4.2 10 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 7 7 13.50
Ni-gun 27 1 0 8 - 0 0 1.000 123 28.0 34 1 7 1 0 23 1 0 13 11 3.54

Tomochika Tsuboi - 2011 Season

Level G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI SB CS SH SF BB IBB HP SO GDP AVG OBP SLG
Ichi-gun 3 8 8 0 2 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 .250 .250 .375
Ni-gun 74 163 154 12 37 2 0 0 39 6 0 0 1 0 6 0 2 21 9 .240 .278 .253

Tomochika Tsuboi to sign with the Orix Buffaloes

by on Jan.17, 2011 @ 4:36 pm, under NPB
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Via Sponichi: Tomochika Tsuboi posted an update at his blog that says he'll be joining the Orix Buffaloes this year after being released by the Nippon Ham Fighters.  He also mentions how grateful he is to the Buffaloes since their offer came just as he was about to give up on finding a team to play for.

UPDATE 8:11pm - He was assigned the number 00.

UPDATE 1/18 @ 11:09am - He will be making 20M yen plus incentives in 2011.

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