Toritani to stay put, won't exercise free agency

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OSAKA, Nov. 28 (18:11) Kyodo

The Hanshin Tigers said Monday that shortstop Takashi Toritani
has decided not to exercise his free agency right and will remain
with the Central League club.

Toritani, 30, said in a statement that newly appointed manager
Yutaka Wada has asked him to help the team win a championship next

''Wada-san asked me to fight for a championship next year. I
really felt the enthusiasm from the team, so I made this decision,''
Toritani said.

Toritani batted .300 in 2011 -- his second year in a row to
reach the mark in his eighth year with Hanshin. Toritani had a
CL-leading .395 on-base percentage and also won his first career
Golden Glove award.

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