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Former Royals pitcher Bannister signs with Yomiuri

Former Kansas City Royals pitcher Brian Bannister has signed a contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.

The 29-year-old right-hander signed a one-year deal worth $1.8 million Saturday.

Bannister went 7-12 with a 6.34 ERA in 24 games for the Kansas City Royals before becoming a free agent at the end of the 2010 season.

He is the son of former major league pitcher Floyd Bannister, who pitched for Japan's Yakult Swallows in 1990.