Mitchell's Japan debut as grand as they come
TOKYO - Outfielder Kevin Mitchell hit a grand slam homer in his first at-bat in Japan and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks went on an 11-10 victory over the Seibu Lions in a 10-inning season-opener Saturday.
Mitchell, a Cincinnati Reds outfielder last year, left the major leagues as a free agent for the highest baseball salary ever paid in Japan, a reported $4.5 million for one year.
Kevin Reimer, formerly of the Texas Rangers, drove in the winning run with a base-loaded sacrifice fly.
The Lions are defending Pacific League championship.
Tyson already getting himself in fighting trim
LAS VEGAS - Mike Tyson has already begun working out in anticipation of his first fight since his release from prison, promoter Don King said Saturday.
Tyson worked out Friday night at an undisclosed location in Las Vegas, where he arrived Thursday from his home in Ohio.
"It's as if he never left, the way he worked out last night," King said.
The former heavyweight champion did not show up for a fight card promoted by King at Buffalo Bill's hotel-casino some 40 miles south of Las Vegas on Saturday night.
But King said Tyson would attend next Saturday's fight card at Caesars Palace that features two heavyweight title fights - WBC champion Oliver McCall against former champion Larry Holmes and Tony Tucker against Bruce Seldon for the vacated WBA title.
King, though, said Tyson's role at the fight was not set. Tyson earlier this week signed a contract with Showtime to fight on the network and do commentary for other fights.
"He's going to do something on the card," King said. "I'm not so sure what."
King said Tyson would select his first opponent as well as the time of his first fight since being jailed on a rape charge more than three years ago.