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Dragons lefty Yamamoto departs game after one pitch

Chunichi Dragons veteran left-hander Masahiro Yamamoto had to leave the mound after throwing just one pitch in a farm league game at Nagoya Dome on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Yamamoto, who last September became the oldest pitcher to win a game in Japanese baseball history, said he heard his right knee ...

Feb 27, 2015

Inaba asks Darvish to play for Japan

Samurai Japan batting coach Atsunori Inaba on Thursday visited Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish and asked his former teammate to consider playing again for Japan’s national team. After winning the first two World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009, Japan was unable to get ...

Feb 23, 2015

Baseball commissioner seeks to shorten games

Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki indicated Monday he is considering a plan to punish teams that fail to play games faster. In the annual battle to reduce the time of games, the commissioner, who visited the 12 teams, said punishments were discussed. The results of ...

Feb 20, 2015

Otani named Fighters' Opening Day starter

Third-year pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani has been handed his first Opening Day pitching assignment, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said Friday. A 20-year-old right-hander, Otani was one of the most impressive pitchers in the Pacific League last season, when he went 11-4 with ...

Feb 17, 2015

Iwase cuts short bullpen session

Chunichi Dragons lefty Hitoki Iwase, who has saved more professional games than any other Japanese pitcher, gave up on his second bullpen session of the spring after just 16 pitches on Tuesday. “I didn’t get a good feeling when I was throwing. If I ...

Kokubo names Samurai Japan squad for March games

Feb 16, 2015

Kokubo names Samurai Japan squad for March games

Manager Hiroki Kokubo announced a familiar-looking squad on Monday for Samurai Japan’s March games against a team of players from Europe. The noticeable changes from Kokubo’s team that faced touring major leaguers in November are with the pitching staff, where none of the aces ...