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Ichiro Suzuki and Hiroki Kuroda announced that they will not play for Japan in the World Baseball Classic next spring. Both players are free agents who concluded the 2012 season with the New York Yankees. Suzuki, 39, helped Japan win the first two WBC titles, in 2006 and 2009. Kuroda did not appear in either tournament. "I appreciate being asked to play for Japan again at the WBC," Suzuki said, according to the Kyodo news agency. "But after the second tournament in 2009, I never considered playing in the third event. My feelings have not changed to this day, and it's where things stand." Kuroda, 37, cited his heavy recent workload for the Yankees. "When I factored my age, the number of starts I made (33) and the innings I pitched this year, it was going to be a stretch for me to be in the right condition for March," Kuroda said, according to the Kyodo news agency. The report added that Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish, Seattle Marin...
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Amy Franz, the Mariners fan behind the "Ichimeter," a hit-counter that tracked Ichiro's hits at Mariners home games, received a thank you note and care package from Ichiro.
The Yankees have re-signed starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one year, $15 million deal. Earlier today, it was reported that Kuroda was likely to either return to the Bronx for 2013, or head back to Japan.
2012 was Kuroda's first with the Yankees, and he turned in another season that has been typical of his career since coming to America for the 2008 season. In 33 starts...
Hiroki Kuroda is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract.
A person familiar with the negotiations said the right-hander reached the agreement Tuesday. The person was speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final.
Kuroda, who turns 38 in February, was the Yankees' most consistent pitcher during the regular season...
Earlier Tuesday, there was a rumor floating around Twitter that B.J. Upton had signed a long-term contract with the Phillies. That turned out to be fake, or alternatively sent to the present from the presently unknowable future. There was also a rumor floating around Twitter that Hiroki Kuroda had signed a short-term contract with the Yankees. That turned out to be real, as Kuroda...
NEW YORK (AP) Hiroki Kuroda is staying with the New York Yankees, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract.
Kuroda, who turns 38 in February, was the Yankees’ most consistent pitcher during the regular season. He went 16-11, tying for the team lead in wins, and led New York with 33 starts and 219 2-3 innings.
After losing six of his first nine decisions, he finished with a...
The New York Yankees took their first step toward restocking their
rotation Tuesday, re-signing free-agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda
to a one-year, $15 million contract, according to a major-league
We all remember the highlight of Ichiro Suzuki as a rookie throwing a dart to third base from right field to gun down Terrence Long. That play automatically solidified Ichiro as one of the best arms in the game. That arm appears as lively and accurate as ever [...]
After rumors that Hiroki Kuroda may prefer to return to Southern California, the Yankees are very confident that they will sign the veteran if he pitches in America in 2013, according to Jayson Stark. There is still a chance that Kuroda could return to his native Japan to finish out his career, but the non-Yankee [...]
The New York Yankees have signed pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year $15mm deal, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
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Finally! Some news from Yankees Universe! I was really happy to hear last night that Hiroki Kuroda has been signed for 2013. He won't be pitching in LA or Japan next year after-all. Congratulations, Hirok.One down, several more to go. One of those several more is Mariano Rivera. I've already made my position clear on this blog that he should be given the same salary he...
The week of Thanksgiving is usually pretty dead in the MLB offseason, but this year, we've actually had a solid amount of activity. A pair of pitchers went off the market and re-signed with their current teams: Jeremy Guthrie with the Royals, and Hiroki Kuroda with the Yankees. Keeping things in the AL East, the Blue Jays finally hired a manager: John Gibbons, who was their manager...