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Sep 23, 2016

Fighters pitcher Takeda announces retirement

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters veteran right-hander Masaru Takeda announced his retirement on Friday. Takeda, 38, had not pitched for the Fighters this season. A ceremony will be held Sept. 30 at Sapporo Dome, Nippon Ham’s last game of the regular season against the Chiba ...

Fighters beat Hawks to set magic number at six

Sep 22, 2016

Fighters beat Hawks to set magic number at six

Sho Nakata hit a two-run homer and Haruki Nishikawa drove in two runs to help Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Fukuoka SoftBank 5-2 on Thursday to remain in first place in the Pacific League. The Fighters, who defeated the Hawks on Wednesday to overtake them ...

Sep 22, 2016

BayStars manager Ramirez to remain at helm

Yokohama BayStars first-year manager Alex Ramirez will continue on with the Central League ballclub next season, team owner Tomoko Namba said Thursday. Namba said she formally asked Ramirez to remain in the post for the next year of his two-year contract with the team ...

Fighters star Otani earns first win since July 3

Sep 21, 2016

Fighters star Otani earns first win since July 3

Shohei Otani tossed eight solid innings and Brandon Laird hit a two-run home run Wednesday to help the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters edge Fukuoka SoftBank 2-1 and overtake the Hawks again at the top of the Pacific League standings. Otani (9-4) gave up one ...

Sep 21, 2016

Orix pitcher Komatsu to retire after season

Orix Buffaloes right-hander Satoshi Komatsu, a former Pacific League Rookie of the Year, will retire at the end of this season, the team announced Wednesday. The 34-year-old pitcher, who joined Orix from a corporate team in 2007 under a short-lived draft system that allowed ...

Van den Hurk returns to Hawks in winning form

Sep 18, 2016

Van den Hurk returns to Hawks in winning form

With the Pacific League pennant race as tight as can be, Rick Van den Hurk threw six solid innings for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in an 8-5 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Sunday afternoon. The Dutch international, who had not pitched on the ...