A's finalize minor league deal with lefty Okajima

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 1:02 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — The Oakland Athletics and free agent left-hander Hideki Okajima have finalized a minor league contract after he passed a physical.

Okajima played last season for Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League, going 0-2 with a 0.94 ERA and nine saves in 56 relief appearances. He allowed only one home run and walked six batters in 47 2-3 innings

He spent the 2007-11 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, then signed a minor league deal with the New York Yankees and was released at the start of 2012 spring training when he failed a physical.

The 37-year-old was 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in 8 1-3 innings over seven relief appearances for Boston in 2011 and 8-1 with a 2.29 ERA in 34 relief appearances with Triple-A Pawtucket.

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