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Buoyed by home runs, Hawks hammer Buffaloes

Yuki Yanagita, Lee Dae-ho and Seiichi Uchikawa each homered to power the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a 7-0 blowout of the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday night. Kenji Otonari (1-0) threw a four-hit shutout for the win. The left-hander didn’t allow a runner to reach third base. Orix’s Yuki Nishi (0-1) ...

Kuroda wins first game back with Carp

Mar 29, 2015

Kuroda wins first game back with Carp

Former New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, who has returned to Japan after seven years in the major leagues, pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Hiroshima Carp to a 2-1 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Sunday. Kuroda, 40, scattered five hits, ...

Kajitani, Lopez spark BayStars in rout of Giants

Mar 28, 2015

Kajitani, Lopez spark BayStars in rout of Giants

Shun Yamaguchi threw two-run ball over eight innings and the Yokohama BayStars broke out the bats to wallop the Yomiuri Giants 10-2 for their first victory of the 2015 regular season on Saturday afternoon. Takayuki Kajitani went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and Jose Lopez ...

Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Mar 21, 2015

Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Flame-throwing Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani worked three scoreless innings on Saturday in his final preseason exhibition before he goes to the mound next week on Opening Day. Otani, who professes to have made some minor adjustments to his approach, said he ...