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Schoolgirl, 16, Drafted in Japan

From the Associated Press:

A 16-year-old schoolgirl is making a pitch to become the first woman to play professional baseball in Japan.
High school student Eri Yoshida was drafted by the Kobe 9 Cruise, a professional team in a new independent Japanese league that starts its first season in April.
"I always dreamed of becoming a professional," Yoshida said at a news conference Monday. "I have only just been picked by the team and haven't achieved anything yet."
Yoshida, a right-hander who is 5 feet and 114 pounds, throws a sidearm knuckleball and wants to emulate Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield.
Yoshida threw a hitless inning against male batters during a tryout this month and was among 33 players picked in the draft.

By Tracee Hamilton  |  November 17, 2008; 3:04 PM ET
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