'Ichimeter Lady' still counting as Ichiro nears 3,000

Jul 4, 2016

'Ichimeter Lady' still counting as Ichiro nears 3,000

It’s been over two years, and Amy Franz still has no idea how Ichiro Suzuki knew it was her birthday. That particular June 11, in 2014, Franz, a longtime Mariners fan, was sitting in right field, as usual, at Seattle’s Safeco Field. She was ...

Dragons' Ono fires three-hit shutout

Jun 28, 2016

Dragons' Ono fires three-hit shutout

Yudai Ono looked like he’d barely broken a sweat as he walked out of Tokyo Dome. The ease with which he went up and down the Yomiuri Giants’ lineup hadn’t given him much of a chance to work up one. Ono threw a three-hit ...

Swallows' Yamada pounces on Dragons in series opener

Jun 24, 2016

Swallows' Yamada pounces on Dragons in series opener

Japanese baseball’s interleague interlude gave Central League pitchers a brief respite from having their ERAs ruined by Tetsuto Yamada. But on a somewhat wet Friday night at Jingu Stadium, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows star declared school was back in session. Yamada drove in two ...

Iconic Ichiro earned new place in history

| Jun 16, 2016

Iconic Ichiro earned new place in history

During a May segment on the ESPN program ‘Pardon the Interruption,’ hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, former Washington Post sportswriters, were asked to choose if Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 27-game hitting streak or the suddenly blazing form of 42-year-old Ichiro Suzuki, who at the ...