Giants close out series with tidy victory over Tigers

Aug 14, 2014

Giants close out series with tidy victory over Tigers

The Yomiuri Giants aren’t giving up first place without a fight. Especially not to their fiercest rivals. Hirokazu Ibata drove in the tiebreaking run in the fourth inning, and the Yomiuri pitching staff, led on this night by Chris Seddon, kept the Hanshin Tigers ...

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

Aug 9, 2014

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

On a somewhat muggy Friday night in Yokohama, Masanori Ishikawa strode to the center of the diamond at Yokohama Stadium, bent down and bounced the rosin bag around in his hand a few times — seemingly every pitch later that night was accompanied by ...

Ochiai hoping to lift Japan's 1-on-1 profile

Jul 23, 2014

Ochiai hoping to lift Japan's 1-on-1 profile

Japan isn’t exactly a place where one expects to find world-renowned streetball players. While there have been some — notably Yuichiro “Samurai” Morishita who had a stint with the famed And1 stable — Japan’s cupboard has remained mostly bare in terms of global recognition. ...

Eldred, Carp like their chances in CL

Jul 19, 2014

Eldred, Carp like their chances in CL

One can only imagine what went through Hiroshima Carp manager Kenjiro Nomura’s mind in the Central League dugout when Brad Eldred went down after fouling a ball off his foot in the seventh inning of the 2014 All-Star Series opener on Saturday at Seibu ...