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Braves to introduce Kawakami

Updated: January 13, 2009, 6:54 PM ET
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ATLANTA -- Japanese all-star pitcher Kenshin Kawakami agreed to a three-year contract with an Atlanta Braves team trying to rebuild its rotation.

Terms were not immediately available.

Kawakami, the 2004 Central League MVP, has won 112 games in 11 seasons in Japan and was regarded as one of the top free-agent pitchers from Japan available this offseason. The 33-year-old was 9-5 for the Chunichi Dragons last year, when he missed several weeks because of a back strain.

"My pitching ...

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