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Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler has signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan
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BOSTON (AP) -- Red Sox outfielder Gabe Kapler has signed with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan, opting for the chance to play every day over a return to the World Series champions.

Kapler was one of BostonÔŅĹs 16 free agents and backup for most of the 2004 season.

Terms of the one-year deal were not disclosed.

Kapler was a full-time player for three seasons, the last in2001 when he played 134 games for Texas. He joined Boston from Colorado during the 2003 season and appeared in 63 games with the Red Sox, batting .291.

Last season, he played in 136 games, but only started 73 of them. He hit .272 in 290 at bats.


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