*The Pirates were finally able to ink lefty Wei-Chung Wang, albeit at a significantly reduced signing bonus (original offer was $350 K). The kid's agent didn't want him to sign, but Wang ultimately wanted to to play in the US. He will also fly out to the US on the 12th and have an elective Tommy John surgery performed on his throwing appendage. Props to the Pirates for giving Wang a chance and props to Wang for recognizing the long-term ramifications of his decision. God-speed in his recovery.
*The Yomiuri Giants released RHP Chih-Lung Huang.
*The senior NT disappointed in the World Cup, but managed to win its last 2 games in round 1 play.