Nippon Ham gets veteran pitcher Kida

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SAPPORO, Nov. 27 (16:53) Kyodo

The Nippon Ham Fighters on Friday announced the acquisition of
veteran right-hander Masao Kida on a one-year, 10 million yen

Kida was released by the Yakult Swallows last month after going
3-4 with a 5.55 ERA in 30 games in 2009.

The 41-year-old has a 68-80 career record in Japan with 50 saves
and a 3.87 ERA over 16 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants, Orix BlueWave
and Swallows.

Kida also pitched for three major league clubs -- the Detroit
Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Seattle Mariners -- between 1999 and

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