Giants finish Tigers, set up Swallows showdown

Oct 12, 2015

Giants finish Tigers, set up Swallows showdown

The Yomiuri Giants finally managed to cage the Hanshin Tigers once and for all. Next up is a good old-fashioned Tokyo showdown against their crosstown rivals, the Yakult Swallows. “Bring ‘em on,” Giants pitcher Aaron Poreda said. Shinnosuke Abe picked up a pair of ...

Tigers stave off elimination

Oct 11, 2015

Tigers stave off elimination

As reporters left the field at the conclusion of the Hanshin Tigers’ batting practice, Tom O’Malley, one of the team’s hitting coaches, gave a wave and said, “We’ll see you tomorrow.” It didn’t take long for the Tigers to start proving him right. Randy ...

Giants slip past Tigers in opener

Oct 10, 2015

Giants slip past Tigers in opener

Yoshinobu Takahashi picked up the biggest RBI of the Yomiuri Giants’ season without even swinging his bat. Giants closer Hirokazu Sawamura kept the Tigers off the board in the ninth and 10th innings, and Takahashi drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ...

Yamada deserving of MVP award

| Oct 5, 2015

Yamada deserving of MVP award

Last Friday, after the Tokyo Yakult Swallows were crowned as the best team in the Central League for 2015, Tetsuto Yamada wasn’t quite ready to weigh in on the topic of the CL’s best player. Asked about the possibility of being named this year’s ...

Swallows claim first CL pennant since 2001

Oct 2, 2015

Swallows claim first CL pennant since 2001

The Swallows fans packed into the stands at Jingu Stadium had already been cheering about as loud as they had all season for the past four hours But when Yuhei Takai hit a ball that squirted past the first-base bag and into right field, ...

Pena irked by Okubo's comments

Sep 30, 2015

Pena irked by Okubo's comments

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles slugger Wily Mo Pena has taken exception to comments his manager, Hiromoto “Dave” Okubo, made to the media recently. The last-place Eagles have scored the fewest runs (440) in Japan and began Wednesday with the worst team batting average in ...