Oct 25, 2006

Fighters move ahead

SAPPORO — Takeda and Takeda sounds like a law firm in Marunouchi, but up north, it’s a crack pitching tandem. Hokkaido Nippon Ham starter Masaru Takeda delivers a pitch against the Chunichi Dragons on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Japan Series at Sapporo ...

Oct 25, 2006

Morimoto's double mobbed at airport

SAPPORO — Hichori Morimoto is always quick with a punchline, but the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters left fielder’s latest joke was unscripted and accidental. Morimoto, easy to pick out in a crowd because of his shaved head, once appeared as a Martian, covering his ...

Oct 24, 2006

Tasty Nagoya wrap before Sapporo feast

NAGOYA — The Japan Series is knotted at ones after the opening leg of the Hinomaru-style Fall Classic, and Japan Times baseball writer Stephen Ellsesser is battling off the one-two punch of post-midnight Mexican food and the stuffy conditions at Nagoya Dome during Game ...

Oct 24, 2006

Woods carries big bat, winning attitude

SAPPORO — Japan was just a place on a map for Tyrone Woods oh so many years ago. Chunichi Dragons slugger Tyrone Woods aims to carry his strong regular-season performance into the Japan Series, which resumes on Tuesday at Sapporo Dome with the teams ...

Oct 23, 2006

Hammies rally in pivotal 7th inning

NAGOYA — Makoto Kaneko had found a new way to make an out in every Japan Series at-bat heading into the seventh inning of Game 2. Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baserunner Tsuyoshi Shinjo slides home safely to score the go-ahead run on a two-run ...

Oct 22, 2006

Dragons grab Game 1

NAGOYA — Once Kenshin Kawakami remembered how to be himself, the game was in the bag. Chunichi’s Motonobu Tanishige hits a go-ahead two-run double with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the second inning against Hokkaido Nippon Ham in Game ...

Oct 21, 2006

Dragons, Fighters set to battle

NAGOYA — The Japan Series will begin Saturday at Nagoya Dome, when the Central League champion Chunichi Dragons lock horns with the Pacific League-winning Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Kosuke Fukudome is hoping to lead the Chunichi Dragons to their first Japan Series title since ...

| Oct 21, 2006

Future is now for feel-good Fighters

NAGOYA — In hindsight, bringing baseball to Hokkaido seems as much a no-brainer as bringing Trey Hillman in to manage the Nippon Ham Fighters. Hillman has the Fighters just four games from Japan Series glory, and the fans in Sapporo have club officials patting ...