Shogo Akiyama begins transition to major leagues with Reds squib

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Shogo Akiyama got into the batter’s box and took his first swing with the Cincinnati Reds at spring training. He barely made contact. “I was very embarrassed,” Akiyama said through translator Luke Shinoda. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow now.” He’ll get plenty more chances. Cincinnati signed Akiyama to a $21 million, […]
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