Sawamura fires two-hitter against Tigers

Aug 28, 2014

Sawamura fires two-hitter against Tigers

Hirokazu Sawamura let out a shout and thrust both arms in the air. The Yomiuri Giants pitcher had been bitten in his first two starts against the Hanshin Tigers, but the third time turned out to be the charm. Sawamura threw a two-hit shutout ...

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

Aug 27, 2014

UFC star Tate prepared to take fight to Nakai

Miesha Tate wants Rin Nakai to remember her after their fight next month. Nakai, who is undefeated (16-0-1), likely already knows all about Tate, a superstar in women’s mixed martial arts, but Tate wants a special place in Nakai’s world. “She’s undefeated, so it’s ...

Big decision looms for ace Kaneko

| Aug 25, 2014

Big decision looms for ace Kaneko

For Chihiro Kaneko, it starts now. The questions about his future and the maelstrom of media attention that will have grown to a fevered pitch by the time it’s time to face the issue. Before, free agency questions could be neatly parried with a ...

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

Aug 16, 2014

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

Mauro Gomez probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw the pitch Chris Seddon threw him. Gomez had been stuck in a brief slump. Naturally, the media contingent that follows the team had been busy overreacting to it for a few days, bombarding the ...

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 ...