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JAPANESE BASEBALL

JAPANESE BASEBALL

2015 Japanese Baseball Preview
By JASON COSKREY

Matsuzaka tosses bullpen session

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been undergoing rehab for a fatigued right shoulder, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, his first since March 29. Matsuzaka, 34, tossed ...

Escobar has 5 hits in win

May 5, 2015

Escobar has 5 hits in win

The Washington Nationals trailed in the seventh inning and again in the eighth. Both times, they came back. Washington remained under .500 after rallying past the Miami Marlins 6-4 Monday night, yet it might not be long before this team lives up to its ...

May 5, 2015

Counsell named Brewers manager

Craig Counsell enjoyed a solid but unspectacular major league career, hitting .255 over 16 seasons. He is confident he will have more success as a manager. “It’s an honor, and it’s humbling, but I feel like this is what I was meant to do,” ...

Nakamura powers Lions past Buffaloes

May 4, 2015

Nakamura powers Lions past Buffaloes

Takeya Nakamura had the last word on Monday as the Seibu Lions overcame their opponent’s impressive comeback to pull out a 10-6 victory against the Orix Buffaloes. Nakamura’s first hit of the game was a big one. The Lions’ portly cleanup hitter delivered a ...

Astros win 10th straight

May 4, 2015

Astros win 10th straight

Now that Evan Gattis has joined the party, the Houston Astros seem to be celebrating every day. Gattis homered twice and the Astros won their 10th straight game, boosting the best record in the American League by beating the Seattle Mariners 7-6 Sunday. “It’s ...

May 4, 2015

Brewers fire manager Roenicke

The Milwaukee Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke on Sunday night, hours after their 5-3 victory over the Cubs in Chicago. The Brewers are a major league-worst 7-18 after a 2-13 start. The team said it will announce a replacement Monday. “This has been a ...

Giants, Takagi punish Tigers

May 3, 2015

Giants, Takagi punish Tigers

Yomiuri Giants rookie Hayato Takagi had his toughest game of the season, but he still managed to improve to 5-0 on Sunday in a 10-3 win over the defensively challenged Hanshin Tigers. Takagi allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings — the shortest ...

Dodgers rally past D-Backs

May 3, 2015

Dodgers rally past D-Backs

The day at the ballpark began for Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly and his players watching the Kentucky Derby live on video screens during batting practice. It ended with them transfixed at their lockers watching the final few rounds of Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s ...

May 3, 2015

Yankees don't want to pay A-Rod

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the team doesn’t plan to pay a $6 million bonus to Alex Rodriguez for his 660th home run. Cashman spoke Saturday before the Yankees played at Boston. On Friday night, Rodriguez hit No. 660, tying Willie ...