News in Japanese
- nikkan: Ichiro has MLB 2,841th hits, now ranked 47th over all in the MLB history
[Ichiro] September 24, 2014
- sanspo: Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada gets his first win in the majors
[T.Wada] July 29, 2014
- nikkan: Kuroda makes 200 starts in U.S. becoming only pitcher to pitch more than 200 games other than Hideo Nomo
[Kuroda] July 26, 2014
- sanspo: Koji Uehara records 20th Saves of the season, two seasons in a row. Other Japanese players to accomplish this are Kaz Sasaki and Takashi Saito
[Uehara] July 21, 2014
- Sanspo: Cubs lefty Tsuyoshi Wada selected for 3A All-Star. Expected to make his major league debut by starting vs Reds on July 8
[T.Wada] July 4, 2014
- Nikkan: Cubs AAA lefty Tsuyoshi Wada added to the 40-man roster
[T.Wada] June 23, 2014
- Asahi: Daisuke Matsuzaka with 5K, reaches 2,000 total Ks between Japan and US. 648 in MLB, and 1,355 in NPB
[Matsuzaka] April 21, 2014
- Asahi: Hisanori Takahashi who played for Mets, Angels, Pirates and Cubs from 2010-2013 signs with Yokohama DeNA BayStars
[H. Takahashi] December 26, 2013
- Nikkan: Infielder Kensuke Tanaka to sign minor league contract with Texas Rangers, invited to ML Spring Training.
[K.Tanaka] December 19, 2013
- nikkan: Hiroshima ace Kenta Maeda express his desire to play in MLB, could be posted next off-season.
[K.Maeda] December 15, 2013
- nikkan: NPB and MLB working on new rules for posting, including penalty for not reaching a deal after winning the bid
[H.Iwakuma] October 30, 2013
- sponichi: Koji Uehara wins ALCS MVP
[Uehara] October 22, 2013
- sanspo: Gosuke Katoh, NYY, suffers a ligament injury in his left middle finger, but continues baseball activities.
[G.Katoh] September 25, 2013
- nikkan: Ichiro plays total of 3,000 games, including Japanese League. Only Katsuya Nomura have played more than 3,000 in Japan.
[Ichiro] September 18, 2013
- mlb.com: Dodgers sign 19-year-old Japanese right-handed pitcher Takumi Numata
[T.Numata] September 17, 2013
- zakzak: Koji Uehara had 25 consecutive relief appearances without allowing a run, matches longest by Japanese pitcher Shigetoshi Hasegawa
[Uehara] September 11, 2013
- nikkan: Yankees Gosuke Katoh finishes first season at Florida Rookie league, led the league with HRs, OPS.
[G.Katoh] August 31, 2013
- nikkan: Darvish strikes out 236 in the season, ties Japanese record by Hideo Nomo set in 1995
[Y. Darvish] August 31, 2013
- CBS: Daisuke Matsuzaka has a deal with the New York Mets
[Matsuzaka] August 22, 2013
- Reuters: Yankees Hiroki Kuroda wins 10th game of season, marks 4 consecutive years of double-digit wins, first for Japanese pitchers.
[Kuroda] July 26, 2013
- Daily: Ichiro needs 24 hits to get 4,000 total hits total between NPB and MLB
[Ichiro] July 22, 2013
- Nikkan: Kensuke Tanaka called up to the major league, started in left, and records his first MLB hit.
[K.Tanaka] July 10, 2013
- Zakzak: Yu Darvish vs Hiroki Kuroda game ends with Ichiro's walk-off home run.
[Ichiro] June 25, 2013
- sponichi: Gosuke Katoh, a California highschool second baseman from Japan, was drafted by the New York Yankees with the 66th overall pick
[G.Katoh] June 16, 2013
- mainichi: Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki went 2-for-5. Fifth inning single was his 1500th career hit if you combine his Japanese and MLB careers
[N. Aoki] June 8, 2013
- Yahoo.jp: Yankees will sign one-day contract with Hideki Matsui on July 28, will hold retirement ceremony so that he can retire as a Yankee.
[H. Matsui] June 8, 2013
- nikkan: 31-year-old infielder Munenori Kawasaki agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. Likely to start season in AAA.
[M. Kawasaki] March 15, 2013
- sanspo: Former Yomiuri Giants RHP minor leaguer Toru Murata joins Spring Training camp with the Indians
[T.Murata] February 21, 2013
- Nikkan: 34-year-old righty Hiroyuki Kobayash agrees to a minor league contract with Los Angeles Angels
[H. Kobayashi] February 2, 2013
- nikkan: SF Giants sign Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
[K.Tanaka] January 11, 2013
- SpoNichi: Diamondbacks FA Takashi Saito signs a 1 year deal with his home town of Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles
[T.Saito] December 29, 2012
- sanspo: Hideki Matsui has not reserved his regular practice field in Japan, leading to speculation that 38-year-old slugger may be considering retirement.
[H. Matsui] December 27, 2012
- nikkan: New Red Sox Koji Uehara vs Ichiro in US, 2-for-6 (double, triple). Faced each other in 1999 All Star game, 2-for-2 (double, HR), 2002 US-Japan game 3-for-6, total 7-for-14 (.500)
[Uehara] December 17, 2012
- nikkan: Koji Uehara agrees 1-year contract with Boston Red Sox. $4.25 million with '14 option, incentives
[Uehara] December 8, 2012
- Nikkan: Former Yokohama DeNA BayStars right hander Kota Kobayashi signs minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians
[K.Kobayashi] December 3, 2012
- Asahi: Joininhg Darvish, Iwakuma and Aoki, now Ichiro and Hiroki Kuroda say they won't play in 2013 World Baseball Classic
[Ichiro] November 19, 2012
- Nikkan: Former New York Mets, Blue Jays and Yankees right hander Ryota Igarashi signs 3-year contract with Fukuoka Softbank Hawks
[R. Igarashi] November 18, 2012
- Asahi: 31-year-old infielder Kensuke Tanaka announces his desire to sign with MLB clubs for 2013
[K.Tanaka] November 6, 2012
- Sanspo: Free agent Hanshin Tigers closer Kyuji Fujikawa arrived in Los Angeles, have talks with his agents Arn Tellem and Don Nomura
[K. Fujikawa] November 1, 2012
- Mainichi: 18-year-old switch-hitting speedy outfielder Takuya Tsuchida signs minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians
[T.Tsuchida] October 29, 2012
News in English
- Japan Times: Masahiro Tanaka, Yu Darvish chosen for MLB All-Star Game
[M.Tanaka] July 7, 2014
- Bloomberg: Masahiro Tanaka Exceeding Expectations With Yankees, Even for $155 Million
[M.Tanaka] April 27, 2014
- mlb: In season debut, Darvish fastest starter to 500 K's
[Y. Darvish] April 21, 2014
- mlb.com: Masahiro Tanaka joins long line of Japanese sensations
[M.Tanaka] February 4, 2014
- mlb.com: Munenori Kawasaki re-signs with Toronto Blue Jays on Minor League contract
[M. Kawasaki] December 26, 2013
- ESPN: Masahiro Tanaka: The question is whether he'll be available, not whether he's worth MLB's millions
[M.Tanaka] December 20, 2013
- MassLive: Boston Red Sox sign Japanese submarine pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe
[S. Watanabe] December 19, 2013
- Scout.com: Chicago Cubs reportedly sign pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada to a minor league contract with invitation to spring training
[T.Wada] December 15, 2013
- Toronto Star: Blue Jays sign pitcher Tomo Ohka to minor league contract
[Ohka] December 13, 2013
- ESPN: Milwaukee Brewers trade Norichika Aoki to Kansas City Royals
[N. Aoki] December 6, 2013
- Newsday: Yankees to be among handful of teams bidding for Masahiro Tanaka
[M.Tanaka] November 8, 2013
- WSJ Video: (VIDEO) Boston’s Unlikely Japanese Hero: Koji Uehara
[Uehara] November 5, 2013
- ESPN: The Koji legend grows
[Uehara] October 18, 2013
- NYPost: Yankees expected to bid big on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka
[M.Tanaka] October 11, 2013
- mlb.com: 49 years ago today, Masanori Murakami became the first Japanese Major Leaguer
[Murakami] September 2, 2013
- NBC: Daisuke Matsuzaka signs with NY Mets, starts, but gets roughed up by Tigers in Mets debut
[Matsuzaka] August 23, 2013
- mlb.com: Ichiro Suzuki joins select group with 4,000th hit
[Ichiro] August 21, 2013
- espn: Ichiro has his 4,000th professional hits
[Ichiro] August 21, 2013
- mlb.com: Red Sox's Junichi Tazawa coming up big in big situations
[J. Tazawa] July 24, 2013
- SI: Ichiro’s walkoff leads Yankees past Rangers, second in his U.S. career
[Ichiro] June 25, 2013
- MLBTR: Colorado Rockies acquire left-hander Hisanori Takahashi from the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later
[H. Takahashi] June 22, 2013
- PinstripeBible.com: 2013 Yankees Draft Picks: Gosuke Katoh
[G.Katoh] June 16, 2013
- mlb.com: Left-hander Hideki Okajima was called up from Triple-A Sacramento on May 17, but optioned to minors again after appearing in 5 games, 2.25 ERA.
[H. Okajima] June 16, 2013
- mlb.com: Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-winning walk-off double in the ninth to seal the come-from-behind victory over Baltimore
[M. Kawasaki] May 26, 2013
- LATimes: Los Angeles Angels release pitcher Hiroyuki Kobayashi. He had Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
[H. Kobayashi] March 5, 2013
- mlb.com: Lefty reliever Hideki Okajima agrees to a Minor League deal with the Oakland Athletics with invitation to Spring Training
[H. Okajima] February 12, 2013
- Cleveland Plain Dealer : Cleveland Indians sign RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league deal
[Matsuzaka] February 10, 2013
- NYTimes: Hideki Matsui, Star in Japan and With Yankees, Retires
[H. Matsui] December 28, 2012
- NBC sports: Hisanori Takahashi agrees to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs with invitation to Spring Training
[H. Takahashi] December 28, 2012
- dallas Morning News: The Rangers are looking into infielder Konsuke Tanaka of Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Baltimore and Cincinnati also are considering him.
[K.Tanaka] December 22, 2012
- NYTimes: Ichiro officially agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal with the New York Yankees.
[Ichiro] December 20, 2012
- SF Chronicle: Oakland A’s sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima to a two-year, $6.5 million deal.
[H.Nakajima] December 18, 2012
- mlb.com: Ichiro Suzuki and the Yankees are finalizing a new two-year contract between $12-13 million
[Ichiro] December 16, 2012
- NYTimes: Shohei Otani, the highly regarded power pitcher who were loooking to head to U.S., decides to play in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters
[S.Otani] December 11, 2012
- MLB.com: Reports: Cubs sign Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million contract
[K. Fujikawa] December 2, 2012
- ESPN: Hiroki Kuroda, New York Yankees agree on one-year deal worth $15m with incentives.
[Kuroda] November 21, 2012
- mlb.com: Mariners agree to two-year contract with Right-handed starter Hisashi Iwakuma
[H.Iwakuma] November 3, 2012
- Asahi: Japan revisits rules after schoolboy sensation, Shohei Otani, eyes MLB
[S.Otani] November 1, 2012
- LATimes: Dodgers are interested in Japanese free-agent reliever Kyuji Fujikawa
[K. Fujikawa] November 1, 2012
- mlb.com: Rangers interested in Japanese righty Shohei Otani
[S.Otani] October 23, 2012
- NPBTracker: NPB Tracker Patrick Newman's take on high school pitching prospect Shohei Otani
[S.Otani] October 19, 2012
- WEEI: Daisuke Matsuzaka sets record for worst ERA by Red Sox starter (8.28) who made at least 10 starts in a season.
[Matsuzaka] October 17, 2012
- Japan Times: Kenji Johjima, Japan's first Major League Baseball catcher, plays final game
[Johjima] October 2, 2012
- WEEI: The Red Sox went to extremes to scout right-hander Junichi Tazawa as a Japanese amateur.
[J. Tazawa] September 19, 2012
- mlb.com: The Pittsburgh Pirates claimed left-handed relief pitcher Hisanori Takahashi off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
[H. Takahashi] August 26, 2012
- Star Tribune: Tsuyoshi Nishioka outrighted off Twins' 40-man roster. 0-for-12 with 2 errors this season.
[T.Nishioka] August 21, 2012
- Tampa Bay Times: Tampa Bay Rays designate Hideki Matsui for assignment
[H. Matsui] July 25, 2012
- mlb.com: Yankees acquire Ichiro for two prospects
[Ichiro] July 23, 2012
- MLB.com: Yankees have sign outfielder Kosuke Fukudome to a Minor League contract
[K. Fukudome] July 13, 2012
- NBC Sports: Kosuke Fukudome released by White Sox after designating him for assignment last week.
[K. Fukudome] June 26, 2012
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