Flawless Tanaka wins Sawamura Award

Oct 28, 2013

Flawless Tanaka wins Sawamura Award

Less than 24 hours after striking out 12 during a complete-game victory in his Japan Series debut, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ace Masahiro Tanaka is named the Sawamura Award winner for the second time.

Japan Series shifts to Tokyo Dome for Game 3

Oct 28, 2013

Japan Series shifts to Tokyo Dome for Game 3

The Japan Series moved inside as both the Yomiuri Giants and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles held two-hour practice sessions on Monday at Tokyo Dome. “It plays small, but you still have to hit the ball well,” the Eagles’ Andruw Jones said of the change ...

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 ...