Nomo back in Japanese pipeline, to attempt comeback with Royals

Updated: January 5, 2008, 8:22 PM ET
Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Hideo Nomo is getting another shot at pitching in America.

The trailblazing Japanese right-hander signed a minor-league deal with the Kansas City Royals that includes an invitation to spring training next month. The 39-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2005 and made seven starts in the Venezuelan winter league in 2006.

"He's been a successful major league pitcher in the past, and we wanted to give him an opportunity to compete for ...

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