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Report: Hiroki Kuroda is going back to Japan

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I can’t translate this, but those who can say it means that Hiroki Kuroda is heading back to NPB:

So Long Hiroki Kuroda - Hiroki Kuroda is returning to NBP Hiroshima via @proyakyuantenna pic.twitter.com/LgIFJRy2Ic #yankees h/t @daisukesugiura

— N. Diunte (@ExamineBaseball) December 26, 2014

Kuroda turns 40 in February. He was 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA in 2014. He pitched seven years in the majors with the Dodgers and then the Yankees. He’s 79-79 with a 3.45 ERA over that time, good for an ERA+ of 115. He was always reliable and, if he wanted to stay in the U.S., probably could’ve had another one-year deal with the Yankees. But now it’s back home.