Japanese Teen Drafted Into Minor League

18-year-old Eri Yoshida might not pitch for the Chico Outlaws until late May, but when she does, she will become the first female to play professionally in America since 1997 - and as a female knuckleballer, a baseball rarity. [AP] » 5/10/10 10:20am 5/10/10 10:20am

Next spring, a 16-year-old schoolgirl will become the first female to play professional baseball in Japan. Eri Yoshida was drafted by the Kobe 9 Cruise, a team in a new independent Japanese league. The 5-foot, 114 pound pitcher successfully held male batters hitless for one inning in her tryout earlier this month.… » 11/18/08 10:20am 11/18/08 10:20am