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Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters

Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking, eighth-inning home run, the fourth of the game for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in a 6-5 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Wednesday night. Before 34,708 at Yafuoku Dome, Despaigne got a high 155-kph fastball from closer Chris Martin and blasted it out ...

Eagles salvage tie on Orix miscues

/ Jun 26, 2017

Eagles salvage tie on Orix miscues

Kazuo Matsui delivered off the bench for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, singling in the tying run in the ninth inning, and finishing the game at shortstop in a 4-4, 12-inning tie on Monday night. On a rare Monday night game, a good crowd ...

Hawks' Yanagita tops fans' All-Star vote

/ Jun 26, 2017

Hawks' Yanagita tops fans' All-Star vote

Yuki Yanagita was named to his fourth Pacific League All-Star team on Monday, when the results of this year’s fan ballot were announced by Nippon Professional Baseball. It is the third time that fans have put the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks center fielder on an ...

Fighters' Otani may be activated Friday

/ Jun 22, 2017

Fighters' Otani may be activated Friday

Pitcher Shohei Otani, whose season has been derailed by injuries, could be activated prior to Friday’s game against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Wednesday. Otani, who practiced with the Fighters’ first team for the second straight day at ...

Koyano, Romero lift Buffaloes over BayStars

/ Jun 19, 2017

Koyano, Romero lift Buffaloes over BayStars

Eiichi Koyano and Stefen Romero provided the firepower on Monday as the Orix Buffaloes closed out interleague play with a 7-4 win over the Yokohama BayStars. Trailing 4-0 at Yokohama Stadium after the Central League’s BayStars roughed up ace Chihiro Kaneko over 5⅔ innings, ...

Hawks beat Carp to claim interleague title

/ Jun 18, 2017

Hawks beat Carp to claim interleague title

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks remained the all-time kings of Nippon Professional Baseball’s interleague play on Sunday with a 7-4 win over the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp. Although it was just a win in the overall scheme of things, both starting pitchers were on short ...