Former Yankees Pitcher Hideki Irabu Found Dead : The Two-Way Hideki Irabu, a Japanese pitcher who debuted for the New York Yankees in 1997, was found dead after an apparent suicide in Los Angeles.
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Former Yankees Pitcher Hideki Irabu Found Dead

Hideki Irabu pitches for the New York Yankees in a 1999 game against the Texas Rangers. Stephen Dunn/Getty Images hide caption

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Hideki Irabu pitches for the New York Yankees in a 1999 game against the Texas Rangers.

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Hideki Irabu, a Japanese pitcher who debuted for the New York Yankees in 1997, was found dead after an apparent suicide in Los Angeles.

The AP reports:

"The body of Irabu, 42, was found at 4:25 p.m. PDT Wednesday, county sheriff's Sgt. Michael Arriaga said."

"'He was found dead by an apparent suicide,' he said."

"Irabu lived in Rancho Palos Verdes but it was not immediately clear whether it was his home, the sergeant said."

Irabu played six years in Major League Baseball, posting a career ERA of 5.15. He ended his run after doing a stint the Texas Rangers in 2002.