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Fighters rookie Uwasawa holds off Buffaloes

Apr 16, 2014

Fighters rookie Uwasawa holds off Buffaloes

Rookie right-hander Naoyuki Uwasawa allowed three runs in seven innings to improve to 3-0 in three starts as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Orix Buffaloes 8-3 on Wednesday. Uwasawa, the Fighters’ sixth draft pick in 2011, has won all three games he’s ...

Apr 16, 2014

NPB to shake up designated hitters

Nippon Professional Baseball’s two leagues will adopt a unique twist on the designated hitter rule during this year’s interleague play, it was learned Wednesday from informed sources. For the 10th season of the spring event that sees each club play a pair of home-and-away ...

Apr 16, 2014

Mizuno apologizes for ball furor

Mizuno Corp. president Akito Mizuno apologized on Tuesday following revelations that baseballs his company had supplied to Nippon Professional Baseball this season were livelier than the permissible limit. “Due to our own clumsiness, we have caused a lot of trouble for everyone. I want ...

Apr 15, 2014

Mizuno issues apology over NPB ball fiasco

Mizuno Corp. President Akito Mizuno apologized on Tuesday following revelations that baseballs his company had supplied to Nippon Professional Baseball this season were livelier than the permissible limit. “Due to our own clumsiness, we have caused a lot of trouble for everyone. I want ...

Apr 13, 2014

Fighters' Inaba to have surgery on left knee

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters first baseman Atsunori Inaba will have surgery to clean out damaged cartilage in his ailing left knee, the team’s trainer said Sunday. The Fighters’ captain, who was deactivated on April 5, is expected to be sidelined from five to six ...

Tigers maul Giants for second straight day

Apr 12, 2014

Tigers maul Giants for second straight day

Lefty Atsushi Nomi pitched his first shutout of the season, Matt Murton hit his second three-run homer in as many days and the Hanshin Tigers blew out the rival Yomiuri Giants 9-0 on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers won their fourth straight, beating the Giants ...

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

Apr 11, 2014

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

by Jason Coskrey

The wind may have affected Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Takahiro Norimoto on Friday night, but not nearly as much as Toshiaki Imae’s bat did. Imae hit a towering home run in the second and hit a tie-breaking double in the fifth to back ...

Apr 11, 2014

Swallows' Tateyama done for season after elbow surgery

Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama has undergone season-ending ligament reconstruction surgery on his right elbow, Swallows manager Junji Ogawa said Friday. For Tateyama, 33, the situation with his elbow appears to be getting progressively worse as it was his third time having the ...