And here's what the news looks like on the Japanese web site Sanspo.com
The Tigers are in fifth place among the six teams in Japan's Central League -- 19 games below .500 and 29 1/2 games out of first place.
Before coming to the United States, Nishioka played eight seasons for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.
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