Nov 8, 2006

Howard's blast sparks MLB

OSAKA — Ryan Howard ignited the MLB All-Stars, and the visitors are a game away from sweeping Nichibei Yakyu. Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hits a solo homer to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the Japan-MLB series ...

Nov 3, 2006

Unheralded Giants big in tie

Meeting the Yomiuri Giants wasn’t much fun for the San Diego giant. Phillies slugger Ryan Howard hammers a solo homer during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game between MLB All-Stars and the Yomiuri Giants at Tokyo Dome. AP PHOTO But David Wright hit a ...

| Nov 2, 2006

'Babe Factor' puts butts in Sapporo seats

SAPPORO — The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have already won the first two Japan Series games played on the northern island, and they are about to win its first championship.More than 41,000 people have come out for each postseason game at Sapporo Dome, and ...

| Nov 2, 2006

WBC, Nichibei on collision course?

Cannibalism, baby. It’s all the rage in baseball this year. The Japanese players union wants to say sayonara to Nichibei Yakyu, preferring to have its fill of the international baseball season every few years in the World Baseball Classic. If they get their way, ...

Nov 1, 2006

MLB stars hope to prove themselves during Nichibei

The plane has landed, and the first battle has begun. The Major League Baseball All-Stars have a couple days to shake off jet lag before the real challenges begin — namely Nichibei Yakyu. The biannual competition between pros from Nippon Professional Baseball and MLB ...

Oct 28, 2006

Morimoto caught up in moment

SAPPORO — Hichori Morimoto is no Doug Mientkiewicz. Hokkaido Nippon Ham`s Hichori Morimoto makes a head-first slide into third base for a triple in the third inning of Game 4 of the Japan Series on Wednesday. The Fighters wrapped up their title on Thursday ...

Oct 28, 2006

Seguignol Shimmy, Shinjo's tears . . . and more

SAPPORO — The Japan Series wrapped up Thursday in Hokkaido, and Japan Times baseball writer Stephen Ellsesser is taking the first train out of here, before hopping a plane for Tokyo. Only a farewell plate of Genghis Khan stands in the way as Ellsesser ...

Oct 27, 2006

Kanemura hurt groin in Game 4: Brown

SAPPORO — Satoru Kanemura left after the fifth inning of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ Game 4 victory, and health apparently was a factor. Kanemura, who won nine games during the regular season, has been monitored all season along after having offseason surgery in ...

Oct 27, 2006

Fighters clinch Japan Series championship

SAPPORO — Hokkaido didn’t have to wait long for its first Japan Series championship. Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters players give manager Trey Hillman Japan’s traditional `doage’ after clinching their first Japan Series title in 44 years Thursday by defeating the Chunichi Dragons 4-1 at ...

Oct 26, 2006

Hammies 1 win away

SAPPORO — The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are a game away from Japan Series glory. Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter throws a pitch in Game 3 of the World Series on Tuesday in St. Louis. Carpenter tossed eight scoreless innings in St. Louis’ 5-0 win ...