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Lions grab win against Marines ace Wakui

May 19, 2016

Lions grab win against Marines ace Wakui

Kona Takahashi worked six innings to earn his first win of the season as the Seibu Lions beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-1 in the Pacific League on Thursday and dealt former Lion Hideaki Wakui his first defeat of the season. Takahashi (1-1) allowed ...

May 19, 2016

Eagles catcher Shima sidelined with broken hand

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles deactivated catcher Motohiro Shima on Thursday due to a broken bone in his left hand. Shima was hit with a foul tip on Wednesday in the first inning of the Eagles’ 10-2 loss to the Orix Buffaloes and was ...

Ishida extends streak as BayStars beat Giants

May 18, 2016

Ishida extends streak as BayStars beat Giants

Second-year right-hander Kenta Ishida stretched his scoreless innings streak to 20 by going the first seven innings for the Yokohama BayStars in a 1-0 win over the Yomiuri Giants in the Central League on Wednesday. Before 13,633 at Fukushima’s Azuma Stadium, the visitors tested ...

Fighters hand Hawks' van den Hurk first NPB loss

May 17, 2016

Fighters hand Hawks' van den Hurk first NPB loss

Rick van den Hurk was tagged with his first loss in Nippon Professional Baseball on Tuesday after the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 7-2 to end his record 14-straight winning decisions to start his NPB career. Dutch right-hander ...

May 17, 2016

Buffaloes sign ex-Dragon Clark

The Orix Buffaloes have signed former Chunichi Dragon Matt Clark, the Pacific League club announced Tuesday. The 196-cm, left-handed first baseman batted .238 with 25 home runs and 70 RBIs for Chunichi in the Central League in 2013, his only season in Japan. The ...

Lions handle Otani's heat

May 15, 2016

Lions handle Otani's heat

Flame-thrower Shohei Otani logged two 162-km-per-hour pitches but took his fourth loss of the season as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters were beaten 6-3 by the Seibu Lions on Sunday. Otani (1-4) gave up five runs, four earned, in six-plus innings as he struck ...

Jones leads Giants past Swallows

May 14, 2016

Jones leads Giants past Swallows

Garrett Jones scored two runs and had two RBIs on Saturday as the Yomiuri Giants came from a run down to beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-1 in the Central League. Trailing by a run in the second inning at Tokyo Dome, Jones got ...

Swallows sink Carp on sacrifice fly in 10th inning

May 12, 2016

Swallows sink Carp on sacrifice fly in 10th inning

Tomotaka Sakaguchi’s sacrifice fly plated the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Thursday night. Swallows No. 8 hitter Yuhei Nakamura opened the 10th with a ...