Nishioka vows to repay Minnesota with results

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Kyodo) — Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Dec. 18 vowed to put up numbers to repay Minnesota after signing with the Twins on a $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. “The process of developing as a player at a team that can be in title contention is a big plus […]

Matsui signs 1-year deal with Oakland A’s

OAKLAND, Calif. (Kyodo) — Free agent slugger Hideki Matsui and the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a one-year contract, the club announced Dec. 14. The Athletics introduced Matsui at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum during a press conference attended by a swarm of U.S. and mostly Japanese media. “I’m very happy to join a team that […]

A’s can’t wait for Matsui to start swingin’

OAKLAND, Calif. (Kyodo) — Hideki Matsui’s new Oakland teammates have welcomed him with open arms after the former World Series MVP finalized his deal with the Athletics on Dec. 14. “To have Godzilla by the bay instead of Anaheim — that’s big for us,” pitcher Dallas Braden said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s […]

Wakamatsu lands spot on Blue Jays bench

The Toronto Blue Jays announced Nov. 8 that former Seattle Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu — the first Asian American to manage a major league club — will serve as the team’s bench coach for the 2011 season under new manager John Farrell. Wakamatsu has also been selected as one of several candidates slated to interview […]

Lotte wins Game 7 to take Japan Series title

NAGOYA — Yoshifumi Okada hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the 12th inning as the persistent Lotte Marines prevailed to beat the Chunichi Dragons 8-7 in Game 7 to clinch their first Japan Series title in five years on Nov. 7. The Marines, who won the series four games to two with one tie, became […]

Lin makes pro debut on Asian Heritage Night

OAKLAND — Rarely in the NBA do the final minutes of an early season blowout feel so consequential, but judging from the roar of the crowd in Oracle Arena Oct. 29, the Warriors could have been down to the wire in a playoff game. Why were Golden State fans unleashing pandemonium when their team held […]

Ichiro reaches 200 hits for 10th straight season

TORONTO (Kyodo) — Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki extended his major league record for consecutive 200-hit seasons to 10 on Sept. 23 after going 2-for-5 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Suzuki, who came into the game with 198 hits, also tied Pete Rose for the most career 200-hit seasons after hitting a double down the […]

Kurt bests Ichiro in battle of the Suzukis on Nichi Bei Foundation Day with the A’s

OAKLAND — The first inning set the tone for the Sept. 6 tilt between AL West rivals Oakland and Seattle. In the top half, Athletics catcher Kurt Suzuki completed an inning-ending double play by throwing out Mariners speedster Ichiro Suzuki on an attempt to steal second. In the bottom half, the home team put up […]

Hometown hospitality: A’s fan embraces dream job

In the Oakland Coliseum, Kara Tsuboi is larger than life. At every Athletics home game, her visage graces two jumbotrons mounted atop the stadium, appearing on the massive screens before first pitch and during inning breaks. When she materializes high above the field, her image projected from somewhere down in the stands, she might be […]

Catching up with Oakland A’s rising star Kurt Suzuki

When the Nichi Bei Times first interviewed Kurt Suzuki in 2007, he was still a rookie — a fledgling major leaguer given the hefty responsibility of taking over as the starting catcher for the Oakland A’s. Now, roughly three years later, the situation is entirely different. At only 26 years old, Suzuki is still about […]

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