Eagles upbeat before Japan Series opener against Giants

Oct 25, 2013

Eagles upbeat before Japan Series opener against Giants

Rain kept the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles indoors on Friday, but hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm ahead of their first Japan Series appearance, which comes against the storied Yomiuri Giants. “I’m excited to play against the Giants (in the Japan Series),” Eagles catcher Motohiro Shima ...

Carp looking toward brighter days ahead

Oct 20, 2013

Carp looking toward brighter days ahead

The Hiroshima Carp lingered in the clubhouse a little longer than usual after their unlikely playoff run skidded to a conclusion. The team filed out of the locker room almost one at a time — first manager Kenjiro Nomura, then a few of the ...

Giants put away Carp

Oct 19, 2013

Giants put away Carp

This was the realist’s ending. In the movies, the ball always clears the fence in the bottom of the ninth; scrappy, gritty, underdogs rarely lose; and the hero gets the girl in the end. Reality, though, has a way of getting in the way ...

Sugano basks in glow of Game 2 brilliance

Oct 18, 2013

Sugano basks in glow of Game 2 brilliance

Tomoyuki Sugano stood on the mound at Tokyo Dome in the top of the ninth inning of his first postseason game with a three-run lead, over 45,000 people screaming — Yomiuri Giants fans in support, Hiroshima Carp fans in opposition — and the bases ...