Foreign players looking to leave Japan amid nuclear crisis

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TOKYO, March 16 (23:11) Kyodo

Some of the Seibu Lions' foreign players are asking for
temporary leave from Japan amid concern about the safety of nuclear
power plants in the aftermath of last week's earthquake, sources said

But the club is declining their request, saying there is no harm
to human health at this point.

The Yokohama BayStars, meanwhile, said the same day that
pitchers Brent Leach, Clayton Hamilton and Brandon Mann, infielder
Brett Harper and outfielder Terrmel Sledge are going home Thursday
and coming back to Japan next Tuesday.

''These guys have rarely experienced earthquakes,'' Yokohama
manager Takao Obana said. ''It's understandable that they want to go

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