Baseball: Giants ace Sugano returns to Japan

Ace right-hander Tomoyuki Sugano will return to the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League after his posting system deadline to sign a contract with a major league team expired, reported Thursday. Sugano, 31, who recently won his second CL MVP award, had until 5 p.m. in New York to complete a deal or return to the Giants. A major league source, whose team was seeking to sign Sugano, said the pitcher’s final choice came down to either the San Diego Padres, who recently acquired Japanese star Yu Darvish, or a return to Japan. The Giants posted their ace after he went 14-2 with a 1.97 E…

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