The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks are hoping the veteran infielder can get back into the swing of things down on the farm.
The season may have started off slowly but flamboyant manager Tsuyoshi Shinjo is living the dream in Hokkaido.
The former outfielder has a flair for the dramatic and says he's ready to try a few new things to bring the fans back.
In his first regular-season appearance with the Eagles since 2013, Tanaka pitches five innings and allows three runs and four hits.
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