Race for PL flag going down to wire

| Sep 19, 2016

Race for PL flag going down to wire

Barring some major hiccups going into the home stretch, the NPB playoff picture appears to be more or less set, with one big exception. The Pacific League pennant is still out there for the taking as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and the Hokkaido Nippon ...

Returning Carp hero Kuroda gets fitting reward

Sep 11, 2016

Returning Carp hero Kuroda gets fitting reward

It took the Hiroshima Carp winning their first Central League pennant in 25 years to get veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda to drop his steely public facade. Kuroda, so business-like and methodical on the mound, couldn’t hold back the tears on Saturday night after the ...

Hiroshima Carp capture first pennant since 1991

Sep 10, 2016

Hiroshima Carp capture first pennant since 1991

For two days, the Hiroshima Carp and their fans watched as Yomiuri Giants victories over other teams kept them from clinching a long-awaited Central League title. Finally, on Saturday night, the Carp were able to take matters into their own hands. Seiya Suzuki hit ...

Laird closing in on 40-homer year

| Sep 4, 2016

Laird closing in on 40-homer year

Brandon Laird has become a favorite among Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters fans for his home run celebration, not to mention the homers themselves, which sees him mimic a chef making sushi. There was a lot to celebrate on Saturday night, when he hit three ...

Nakata fuels Fighters with two-homer performance

Sep 1, 2016

Nakata fuels Fighters with two-homer performance

Sho Nakata’s home run streak ended against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Wednesday. So the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters slugger went out and laid the foundation for a new one on Thursday. Nakata homered in the fifth and seventh innings, Brandon Laird also ...

Silver-winning 4x100 relay team looks to future with confidence

Aug 29, 2016

Silver-winning 4x100 relay team looks to future with confidence

Wearing the official Japanese Olympic team uniform, a pinstriped sports coat and gray pants, and with silver medals hanging from their necks, the Japanese 4×100-meter relay team gave an impromptu demonstration of their baton-passing skills for a curious crowd of onlookers. They swung their ...