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Casey McGehee and Others Who Have Returned From Japan

Casey McGehee just signed a contract to play for the Marlins in 2014, after spending the season with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, where he was teammates with Andruw Jones, Kaz Matsui, Brandon Duckworth, and Takashi Saito. McGehee had a good year: .292/.376/.515 slash line, with 28 homers and 93 RBIs. (He and Jones were easily the team’s two best hitters; he was two homers...
Via Fangraphs
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Rakuten Eagles take 2-1 lead in Japan Series

Kazuya Fujita and Ginji Akaminai drove in two runs each in the second inning as the Rakuten Eagles beat the Yomiuri Giants 5-1 Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the Japan Series. Fujita's bases-loaded double made it 2-0, and Akaminai doubled to drive in two more runs as Rakuten took a 4-0 lead at Tokyo Dome. ''My teammates gave me an opportunity to contribute and I was...
Via AP on Fox
October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Judo abuse scandal hits Tokyo Olympic bid

Just when Tokyo was getting a boost in its bid to host the 2020 Olympics, a scandal surfaced within the Japanese sporting culture and threatened to undermine the nation's hosting hopes. Tokyo bid officials were thrilled last month when a poll showed that public support for the bid had risen to 73 percent, given that low public support had derailed the 2016 bid. But on the same...
Via AP on Fox
February 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Saito signs with team in Japan

Pitcher Takashi Saito, who spent the past seven seasons in the Major Leagues, has signed a one-year contract to play in Japan for the Rakuten Golden Eagles, according to multiple media outlets. Rakuten has also recently signed former Major Leaguers Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee. Saito, who turns 43 in February, spent most of his career playing in Japan before signing with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Takashi Saito to Play Back in Japan

Former Major League reliever Takashi Saito will be pitching back in his home country next season.  The 42-year old probably could have found work in the Majors, but he decided to go back to Japan.  He played for the Arizona Diamondbacks last season. According to NPB Tracker, Saito's deal with Tahoko Rakuten wil officially be announced as early as today.  He is to make...
Via MLB Injury News
December 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Brewers to outright Jose Veras

Wanting to revamp a bullpen that struggled mightily last season, the Milwaukee Brewers appear to be in the process of taking the first step by parting ways with Jose Veras.MLB.com reported Wednesday that the Brewers will outright the 32-year old reliever off the 40-man roster, likely making him a free agent. If Veras would clear waivers, he would almost certainly elect free agency...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Report: Brewers to outright Jose Veras

Wanting to revamp a bullpen that struggled mightily last season, the Milwaukee Brewers appear to be in the process of taking the first step by parting ways with Jose Veras.MLB.com reported Wednesday that the Brewers will outright the 32-year old reliever off the 40-man roster, likely making him a free agent. If Veras would clear waivers, he would almost certainly elect free agency...
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin
November 01, 2012  |  Discuss

Padres 8, Diamondbacks 2

Chase Headley hit a grand slam to extend his career-bests to 27 homers and an NL-high 102 RBIs, and Carlos Quentin followed with a homer for San Diego's first back-to-back shots this season as the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Sunday. Batting left-handed, Headley continued his breakout season when he drove a 0-1 pitch from Takashi Saito several rows into the right...
Via AP on Fox
September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

D-backs lose rubber match, series to Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chase Headley hit a grand slam to extend his career-bests to 27 homers and an NL-high 102 RBIs, and Carlos Quentin followed with a homer for San Diego's first back-to-back shots this season as the Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-2 Sunday. Batting left-handed, Headley continued his breakout season when he drove a 0-1 pitch from Takashi Saito several rows...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
September 09, 2012  |  Discuss

D'backs activate Bloomquist, Collmenter, Saito from DL

The Arizona Diamondbacks activated infielder Willie Bloomquist and right-handed pitchers Josh Collmenter and Takashi Saito from the 15-day disabled list, the clubs announced Saturday. Arizona also recalled catcher Konrad Schmidt from Class AAA Reno, selected the contract of outfielder Tyler Graham from Reno, activated infielder Cody Ransom and transferred right-handed pitcher Daniel...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 01, 2012  |  Discuss

D-backs place reliever Saito on DL

The Arizona Diamondbacks placed right-handed reliever Takashi Saito on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday because of a strained left hamstring. The 42-year-old Saito has no record with a 6.14 ERA in 10 games with Arizona. Saito was an All-Star in 2007 during a 39-save season with the Dodgers. He totaled 81 saves in his first three major league seasons and has a 2.27 ERA for his career...
Via AP on Fox
August 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks place reliever Takashi Saito on DL

The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed right-handed reliever Takashi Saito on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. The 42-year-old Saito has no record with a 6.14 ERA in 10 games with Arizona. The Diamondbacks also purchased the contract of left-hander Mike Zagurski from Triple-A Reno. The 29-year-old Zagurski, who was in uniform for Tuesday night's game at...
Via AP on Fox
August 14, 2012  |  Discuss

D-backs activate veteran Saito for stretch run

PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks added a fresh arm to their bullpen when they activated Takashi Saito from the disabled list Saturday, the first time Saito has been with the team this season. The D-backs have succeeded at limiting their relievers' workload -- David Hernandez leads the bullpen with 40 13 innings, a figure that is not even in the National League's top 20 -- but...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

D-backs activate veteran Saito for stretch run

PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks added a fresh arm to their bullpen when they activated Takashi Saito from the disabled list Saturday, the first time Saito has been with the team this season. The D-backs have succeeded at limiting their relievers' workload -- David Hernandez leads the bullpen with 40 13 innings, a figure that is not even in the National League's top 20 -- but...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

D-backs activate Saito; Albaladejo sent down

The Diamondbacks on Saturday activated reliever Takashi Saito from the disabled list and optioned Jonathan Albaladejo to Triple-A Reno to open up a spot on the roster. The 42-year-old Saito has not pitched in a major league game this season. he has been on the disabled list since April 4 with a strained right medial calf. Saito, who will be the first player of Japanese descent to...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 21, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB players donate $310K to Japan

Major leaguers have donated $310,000 from their Players Trust to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The grant announced Wednesday will go to Points of Light and be used by its Japanese affiliate, Hands on Tokyo. The Major League Baseball Players Association said the funds will help expand a mobile Community Cafe. ''The effects of the earthquake and tsunami...
Via Fox Sports
May 24, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB players donate $310,000 to Japan relief

Major leaguers have donated $310,000 from their Players Trust to help victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The grant announced Wednesday will go to Points of Light and be used by its Japanese affiliate, Hands on Tokyo. The Major League Baseball Players Association said the funds will help expand a mobile Community Cafe. ''The effects of the earthquake and tsunami...
Via Fox Sports
May 23, 2012  |  Discuss

A visual representation of my trip to Rancho Cucamonga to see the Quakes

Sorry for the lack of posts here, folks. It's been a hectic five days. But my trip to Rancho Cucamonga on Friday night was a rousing success. I had a quick post on Chad Moriyama recapping the Dodgers' minor-league performances for the week of April 16. Here's an excerpt: "Player of the WeekAlex Castellanos – 2B/OFCastellanos continued his torrid start, going...
Via Feelin' Kinda Blue
April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

D-backs' Saito makes rehab start in Single-A

Diamondbacks reliever Takashi Saito moved one step closer to returning Thursday night by making his first rehab appearance with Single-A Visalia. Starting for the Rawhide, Saito faced four batters in one inning of work, allowing a single and a walk before a double play ended the inning. Saito, 42, has been sidelined with a right calf strain since April 4, when he tweaked the calf...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 19, 2012  |  Discuss

D-backs' roster finalized with various moves

PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson revealed his Opening Day roster Wednesday morning with no major surprises, though Takashi Saito's calf injury shook things up a bit in the bullpen. Saito (medial right calf strain) will open the season on the 15-day disabled list after suffering the injury Tuesday, opening up a spot in the bullpen for Wade Miley. Miley, who started...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Saito to DL; Miley makes opening-day roster

PHOENIX -- Diamondbacks reliever Takashi Saito will open the season on the disabled list with a medial right calf strain, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday. Saito, 42, tweaked the calf warming up on Tuesday and was scratched from a scheduled appearance in Tuesday's exhibition at Chase Field. He went for an MRI on Wednesday morning, and the injury was a little more serious...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Standing pat not an option for D-backs

PHOENIX Consider it the natural progression of a competitive spirit.Like most species of sharks, which must swim constantly to live, the Diamondbacks refused to stay in one place over the winter, however comfortable it might have seemed. While winning the NL West in 2011 was good, it was not good enough. Were not looking just to win divisions and get knocked out in the first round...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 03, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Fantasy Baseball Closer Report – National League West

With the volatility of the closer spot on major league baseball teams, it is important to have a good idea of who are the main players in the bullpen because 30+% of the teams in the league are going to have a new closer at some point in the season. Here is a look at the current bullpen situations in the National League West: Arizona Diamondbacks: 1. J.J. Putz - saved 45 games...
Via Fantasy Baseball Tools
February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Aoki fulfills his basepath | Newest Brewer says he's eager to get going

Phoenix - Nori Aoki is ready for the challenge of playing for the Milwaukee Brewers , and apparently his dad is ready to try the beer. Aoki reported for his first majorleague spring training Thursday at the Brewers' training facility and was introduced to Milwaukee media as well as Japanese reporters covering his transition to baseball in the States. The 30-year-old outfielder...
Via Fox Sports
February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

2011 RecapAfter going an NL West-worst 65-97 in 2010, the Diamondbacks were able to turn it around under manager Kirk Gibson in his first full season at the helm in Arizona, going 94-68 and winning the NL West crown.  The starting rotation was surprisingly strong, as Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 ERA) and Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49 ERA) both had career years, while Joe Saunders (12...
Via Sports Junkie Online
February 22, 2012  |  Discuss

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