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Nexen's Rottino makes historic KBO catching debut ( KBO News ) On 2014-4-11 Yonhap News wrote:
Vinny Rottino was the starting catcher against the Kia Tigers. With Andy Van Hekken on the mound, the two Americans became the first foreign battery to play in a KBO game in the league's 32-year history.


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Whiting book gets digital release ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-4-8 The Japan Times wrote:
Best-selling author Robert Whiting's first book on Japanese baseball, "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat," has been released in digital form for the first time.


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Dragons' Wada joins 300-HR club ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-4-9 The Yomiuri Shimbun wrote:
Chunichi Dragons veteran Kazuhiro Wada on Tuesday night became the 39th player in Japan pro baseball history to reach 300 career home runs, belting a two-run shot in the eighth inning of a 7-2 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows at Nagoya Dome.


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April 13th Enokida v Ohtake - Second bite of the cherry ( Tiger Tails ) Tigers now have something exciting - a five game winning streak and a sweep of the Giants. This fine victory relied on control and patience though the coaches did try to screw it up with a very poor handling of the endgame. What is the point of a pinch runner if you don:t use him? The contrast between Tigers base running and Chono of the Giants couldn:t have been clearer. Speedsters held up on base twice when Chono went from first to home. Tagami and Shunsuke are not slower than Chono by any means. Another plus was the performance of Tsuruoka - it is a long time that Tigers have had such a good session behind the plate from its older catchers. It's too early to say yet but this performance gives hope that the Fujii reign is drawing to a close and not before time. Scores

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Ramirez finds new team off beaten basepath ( Independent Leagues ) On 2014-4-9 Tsukasa Sano wrote:
Alex Ramirez's career in the major leagues included stops in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. After moving to Japan in 2001, he became a star in Tokyo and Yokohama.


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April 10th Saiuchi v Mishima - First sayonara ( Tiger Tails ) After one game as a starter in 2012 then a spate of injuries and a short spell as a relief pitcher in 2013 Saiuchi finally made it back to the starting roster this season. God Tigers are slow at developing talent! He was paired with Tsuruoka in his first game as catcher for Tigers against his old team. About the best that can be said about Tsuruoka was that he was poor pulling his pitchers too far to the left and generally demonstrating a lack of competence behind the plate that equalled (but didn't surpass) Fujii's. He also has his own fight song which really is a travesty - he hasn't earned it at all. Tigers batters though showed plenty of fight and deserved the win coming back from a difficult situation to engineer a nice sayonara victory. Scores

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Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast – 4-14 … ( Japanese Baseball Daily ) Japan Baseball Weekly Podcast – 4-14 …

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CTBA hoping for a 'diamond in rough' with semi-pro league ( CPBL News ) On 2014-4-9 Joseph Yeh wrote:
A semi-professional summer baseball league, featuring at least five local amateur teams as well as a group of foreign imported players and coaches, is scheduled to launch in late May, the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association announced yesterday.


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Foreign starters account for more than half of victories for KBO clubs ( KBO News ) On 2014-4-10 Yonhap News wrote:
With the nine clubs in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) having played seven to 10 games through Wednesday, foreign pitchers have accounted for more than half of all victories by starters.


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Rakuten @ Lotte, 11-13 April 2014 ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-4-12 Craig Roberts wrote:
Revenge is a dish best served cold...and windy. If there's two things that are elicited by the mention of QVC Marine Field in April, they're the cold and the wind. That makes this an appropriate time to welcome the 2013 Japan Series Champions.


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