Maddux, Glavine, Thomas lead Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas lead Baseball Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, with six Cy Young Awards between them, and two-time MVP Frank Thomas are new names on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

Hideo Nomo retires

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 17 (UPI) -- Hideo Nomo ended his 12-year U.S. Major League baseball career Thursday by announcing his retirement without fanfare.

MLB: N.Y. Yankees 6, Kansas City 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 11 (UPI) -- Home runs by Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Melky Cabrera Thursday paced the New York Yankees to a 6-1 victory over Kansas City.

MLB: Boston 1, Kansas City 0

BOSTON, July 18 (UPI) -- Jon Lester allowed one hit over eight scoreless innings Tuesday to remain unbeaten in his major league career as the Boston Red Sox edged Kansas City, 1-0.

Nomo latches on with Yankees

NEW YORK, July 27 (UPI) -- The New York Yankees Wednesday claimed veteran right-hander Hideo Nomo off waivers and signed him to a minor league contract.

Devil Rays axe Hideo Nomo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 16 (UPI) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays Saturday designated right-hander Hideo Nomo for assignment.

MLB: Chi White Sox 10, Tampa Bay 8

CHICAGO, July 5 (UPI) -- A grand slam and six RBI from Jermaine Dye led the Chicago White Sox to a 10-8 win over Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.

MLB: Tampa Bay 4, Toronto 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 27 (UPI) -- Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer and Jonny Gomes a solo homer Monday night to power the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

MLB: Tampa Bay 5, Milwaukee 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., June 15 (UPI) -- Hideo Nomo picked up his 200th career win Wednesday night as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays downed the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-3.

MLB: Pittsburgh 7, Tampa Bay 2

PITTSBURGH, June 10 (UPI) -- Mark Redman allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings Friday in helping Pittsburgh down Tampa Bay, 7-2.

MLB: Oakland 10, Tampa Bay 1

OAKLAND, Calif., June 1 (UPI) -- Dan Haren pitched his first career complete game to sweep the Oakland Athletics past the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 10-1.

MLB: Tampa Bay 2, Oakland 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 26 (UPI) -- Hideo Nomo allowed a run on five hits over 7 1/3 innings Thursday, carrying Tampa Bay to a 2-1 decision over Oakland.

MLB: Florida 7, Tampa Bay 6

MIAMI, May 20 (UPI) -- Paul Lo Duca and Mike Lowell had three RBI each Friday night in helping Florida outlast Tampa Bay, 7-6.

MLB: Tampa Bay 11, NY Yankees 8

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., May 4 (UPI) -- Damon Hollins had three hits and drove in four runs Wednesday night as Tampa Bay outslugged the New York Yankees, 11-8.

MLB: Baltimore 5, Tampa Bay 0

BALTIMORE, April 29 (UPI) -- Eight shutout innings from Erik Bedard and a three-run homer by Miguel Tejada gave Baltimore a 5-0 win over Tampa Bay Friday night.
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Hideo Nomo
Kansas City Royals pitcher Hideo Nomo, of Japan (R) walks to the team dugout after being relieved in their game against the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field in Seattle April 15, 2008. The Mariners beat the Royals 11-6. (UPI Photo/Jim Bryant)

Hideo Nomo (野茂 英雄, Nomo Hideo?, born August 31, 1968 in Minato-ku, Osaka) is a Japanese former right-handed pitcher in Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball. He achieved early success in Japan, where he played with the Kintetsu Buffaloes from 1990 to 1994. He then exploited a loophole to free himself from his Japanese contract and became the first Japanese-born Japanese major leaguer to permanently relocate to Major League Baseball in the United States. His successful debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995 is often credited with paving the road for the subsequent "wave" of Japanese players entering Major League Baseball.

Nomo pitched over the span of 13 seasons in the American major leagues with 8 different teams, before retiring in 2008. He won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1995. He twice led the league in strikeouts and also threw two no-hitters (to date the only Japanese pitcher to throw even one).

Nomo was on the silver medal winning Japanese baseball team at the 1988 Olympics, and the Kintetsu Buffaloes drafted him in 1989. Nomo debuted with them in 1990 and was an immediate success, going 18–8 but more impressively striking out 287 hitters in just 235 innings. The strikeout numbers are attributed to his unorthodox wind-up, where he turns his back to the hitter, raises his pivot leg, and freezes for a second before throwing. The windup gave him the nickname "Tornado". In his first four seasons, Nomo was as consistent, and consistently good, as any pitcher in Japanese baseball, winning 17 or 18 games each year. His fifth season in 1994 was marred by a shoulder injury and only netted him eight wins. Nomo was famous for his forkball which was unpredictable for hitters and catchers alike.

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