Hawks sign right-hander Durbin

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FUKUOKA, May 2 (21:09) Kyodo

The Softbank Hawks said Sunday they have acquired the services
of former major league right-hander J.D. Durbin on a one-year
contract worth 20 million yen.

Softbank has already filled the spots for foreign players on its
top team but said the 28-yeaer-old Durbin possesses the right stuff
to serve in a backup role.

Durbin, who had a tryout with Softbank last month, has a 6-6
record in the majors with a 6.19 ERA in stints with the Minnesota
Twins in 2004 and the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies
in 2007.

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