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April 19, 2010
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April 19, 2010

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By the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League, 18-year-old pitcher Eri Yoshida, who will become the first female to play pro baseball since Ila Borders retired in 2000. Yoshida, a righty who learned her staple sidearm knuckleball from watching video of Red Sox righty Tim Wakefield, last year became the first female pro pitcher in her native Japan, and in January she moved Stateside to take the mound for the Yuma Scorpions in the Arizona Winter League. There she went 1--1 with a 4.79 ERA in 10 appearances. "Like any knuckleballer, when she was on she was very difficult to hit," Outlaws manager (and former big league All-Star shortstop) Garry Templeton said of the 5'1", 114-pound Yoshida's winter ball experience. "And when she wasn't, good hitters would tee off. I'm excited to watch her progress up the pro ranks." The Outlaws open their season on May 21.

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