Hanshin gets right-hander Yan

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NISHINOMIYA, Japan, Jan. 9 (21:35) Kyodo

The Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday announced the acquisition of
Dominican right-hander Esteban Yan, who has a 33-39 record with 51
saves and a 5.14 ERA over 11 major league seasons.

The 31-year-old Yan joins the Central League club on a one-year
contract after splitting the 2006 season between the Los Angeles
Angels and the Cincinnati Reds.

He made a total of 27 relief appearances, picking up one win and
one save for Cincinnati.

''He's had a strong major league career and we've kept close
eyes on him since 2004,'' Hanshin club president Toshihiro Makita

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