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MLB roundup: Matsui to retire; Jones still Japan-bound

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A famous import from Japan is calling it quits while an another major league star will still get his second chance in Japan.

Former outfielder Hideki Matsui is set to retire after a two-decade long career split evenly across the major leagues and Japan's Yomiuri Giants, according to a report from Japanese media outlet Sanspo.

The 38-year-old last played with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012, but was released in August after he appeared in 34 games.

Matsui arrived in the U.S. 10 years ago this month, when he signed a four-year, $52-million deal with the New York Yankees. At the time, he was the highest paid Japanese player in baseball.

In 10 major-league seasons, the lefty belted 175 homers and drove in 760 runs in 1,236 games. His best season came in 2004, when he clubbed 31 homers and knocked in 108, while batting .298.

Meanwhile, the Rakuten Eagles of the Japanese Pacific League plan to honor their one-year, $3.5 million deal with Andruw Jones, despite the former MLB outfielder's domestic battery charge.

Jones, 35, was arrested Christmas morning at his home in an Atlanta suburb and accused of dragging his wife down a staircase, grabbing her by the neck and threatening to kill her. A sheriff's report said he spent about seven hours in jail before being released on $2,400 bond.

"We received a report it was a domestic fight which escalated," Rakuten Eagles president Yozo Tachibana told Japanese media. "Unless there (are) any more big surprises, we intend to go ahead as planned with his contract."

---Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk pleaded guilty to a drunken-driving charge.

Fisk, 64, received a sentence of one year of court supervision, must pay $1,250 in court costs and undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and counseling. Police found him asleep in his pickup truck in a suburban Chicago cornfield on Oct. 22, with an open bottle of whiskey on the floor.

Fisk's lawyer, Stephen White, said in Will County court that Fisk wanted to accept responsibility for his actions.

---Free-agent pitcher Aaron Laffey signed a minor-league deal with the New York Mets, the team announced.

The 27-year-old lefty logged 100 2/3 innings last season in 22 appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays last season, posting a 4-6 record. He started 16 games.

---The Boston Red Sox are pursuing free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to a report from SB Nation Boston's Jen Royle.

LaRoche is seeking a three-year deal, despite having multiple two-year offers on the table. One of those offers is from the Washington Nationals, the team which LaRoche spent the previous two seasons.
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