Hideki Okajima released by Japanese team so he can return to MLB

January 29, 2013, 9:46 am
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Hideki Okajima has been granted his release by the Softbank Hawks in Japan so that the 37-year-old reliever can pursue his plan of returning to MLB. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that the A’s are among the teams interested in Okajima, who played five seasons for the Red Sox before heading…