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Nippon Ham Fighter Gets Royal Summons

Kansas City taps Japan league vet Hillman for manager's job

(Newser) - You can go home again if you're Trey Hillman. The longtime minor league manager in the Yankees farm system, who spent the last five years managing Hokkaido's Nippon Ham-sponsored squad in Japan's Pacific League, will be introduced on Monday in Kansas City as the new manager of the Royals.  More »

Matsuzaka Fires Gem in Much-Hyped Debut

$103 million Japanese rookie strikes out 10 Royals as Red Sox win

(Newser) - The Red Sox's $103-million man Daisuke Matsuzaka lived up to the hype last night, holding the Kansas City Royals to just one run on six hits in his Major League debut. In front of 200 Japanese media members, Matsuzaka dazzled the Royals hitters with a power fastball and his famed... More »

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