Hideki Okajima is staying in Japan

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Hideki Okajima had expressed an interest in returning to America after spending this past season in Japan, but the 39-year-old left-hander has decided to stay in Japan for another season.

Okajima, who pitched six years in the majors for the Red Sox and briefly the A’s, has signed with the Yokohama Bay Stars.

He had a 3.09 ERA in 250 innings in MLB, but given his age, injuries, and lack of recent success in America odds are Okajima would have had to accept a minor-league deal.

He pitched well in Japan this year with a 2.11 ERA and 34/16 K/BB ratio in 43 innings for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks.

Video: White Sox turn triple play against Astros

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White Sox starter Iván Nova was able to escape a jam in the third inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Astros with the help of a triple play. Nova had allowed a leadoff double to Tony Kemp, then hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to put runners on first and second base with no outs. Facing Jake Marisnick in a 1-1 count, Nova threw a 94 MPH fastball that Marisnick sharply grounded to Yoán Moncada right at the third base bag. Moncada quickly fired the ball to Yolmer Sánchez at second base, then Sánchez whipped the ball to José Abreu at first base just ahead of a lunging Marisnick to complete the triple-killing.

According to Baseball Almanac, it’s the 718th known triple play dating back to 1876. The last time the White Sox turned a triple play was 2016. They turned three triple plays that season, amusingly. The Astros have been victimized by two of the last three triple plays, having also hit into one on April 19 last year against the Mariners.