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Wakamatsu shuts out Giants, halts Dragons' slide

Rookie Shunta Wakamatsu snapped the Chunichi Dragons’ eight-game losing skid with an impressive first career shutout on Sunday as they beat the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 5-0. The right-hander scattered five hits, struck out six and walked two in a 139-pitch outing for his first complete game to halt the ...

Jul 31, 2015

Eagles acquire infielder Murillo

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Friday announced the acquisition of Mexican infielder Agustin Murillo. The 33-year-old Murillo, who has been playing with Monterrey in the Mexican League since 2010, joins the Eagles through the end of this season on a ¥10 million deal. ...

Kikuchi, Guzman lead Carp comeback

Jul 30, 2015

Kikuchi, Guzman lead Carp comeback

Ryosuke Kikuchi and Jesus Guzman sparked a comeback as the Hiroshima Carp overturned a four-run deficit in a 5-4 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Thursday night. Trailing 4-3 in the eighth before a loud crowd of 30,136 at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium, Guzman ...

Jul 30, 2015

Marines sign former Buffalo Baek

The Chiba Lotte Marines announced Thursday that they have signed South Korean right-hander Baek Cha-seung from the Musashino Heat Bears of the independent BC League on a one-year deal. The 35-year-old Baek played in Nippon Professional Baseball with Orix in 2012, but was limited ...

Dragons' Tanishige plays in NPB record 3,018th game

Jul 28, 2015

Dragons' Tanishige plays in NPB record 3,018th game

Chunichi Dragons player-manager Motonobu Tanishige appeared in his 3,018th career game on Tuesday, setting a Nippon Professional Baseball record. The 44-year-old catcher started Chunichi’s Central League game against the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome. He entered the day tied with Hall of Fame catcher ...

Kuroda cools down red-hot Swallows

Jul 28, 2015

Kuroda cools down red-hot Swallows

Hiroki Kuroda held high-flying Tokyo Yakult to a run on seven hits over seven innings as the Hiroshima Carp snapped the Swallows’ seven game winning run with an 11-2 win on Tuesday. A former Dodger and Yankee, Kuroda (7-4), pitching for the first time ...

Buffaloes check Hawks' momentum

Jul 26, 2015

Buffaloes check Hawks' momentum

The Orix Buffaloes scored four runs in the 11th inning to beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 5-1 on Sunday, handing the Pacific League’s runaway leaders their first defeat in six games. Issei Nakamura broke a 1-1 tie with a hit-and-run RBI double off Masahiko ...

Hawks blank Buffaloes, extend winning streak to five

Jul 25, 2015

Hawks blank Buffaloes, extend winning streak to five

Kenta Imamiya broke up a scoreless game and Shota Takeda won a tough pitchers’ duel as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks won their fifth straight, downing the Orix Buffaloes 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. In the second inng, Imamiya plated Nobuhiro Matsuda with a ...

Swallows' Tateyama collects victory against Dragons

Jul 25, 2015

Swallows' Tateyama collects victory against Dragons

TokyoYakult Swallows starter Shohei Tateyama claimed his second win of the season after holding the Chunichi Dragons to three runs in a 7-5 win on Friday. Following his first win in three seasons two weeks ago, Tateyama (2-0) allowed four hits and struck out ...

Tigers beat rival Giants

Jul 22, 2015

Tigers beat rival Giants

Hanshin Tigers starter Atsushi Nomi threw one-run ball over six innings and was gifted three first-inning runs in a 4-2 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the first against Giants lefty Aaron Poreda (6-5), ...