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Iwasaki dominates as Hawks shred Marines

Jul 3, 2014

Iwasaki dominates as Hawks shred Marines

Sho Iwasaki combined on a seven-hit shutout with three relievers, Yuki Yanagita homered and drove in a pair of runs, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks routed the Chiba Lotte Marines 7-0 on Thursday night in Fukuoka. Iwasaki (2-0) allowed four hits, struck out four ...

Kokubo sacrifice fly lifts Carp over Giants

Jul 2, 2014

Kokubo sacrifice fly lifts Carp over Giants

The Hiroshima Carp outlasted the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants in a tense 4-3 win on Wednesday evening, with Tetsuya Kokubo coming off the bench to drive in the winning run with a sacrifice fly. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ...

Jul 2, 2014

Eagles name Okubo interim skipper

The struggling Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have appointed Hiromoto Okubo as interim manager, despite previous accusations of abusive behavior toward players and women. The team announced the appointment on its official website on Wednesday. Okubo was serving as the farm team’s manager. He replaces ...

Jun 30, 2014

Hoshino won't manage PL All-Stars

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino, who is recovering from back surgery, will not skipper the upcoming All-Star series for the Pacific League as originally planned, the PL said Monday. Hoshino, 67, recently had surgery to repair a herniated disc and correct a ...

Aizawa homers in ninth as Carp storm past BayStars

Jun 29, 2014

Aizawa homers in ninth as Carp storm past BayStars

Tsubasa Aizawa hit a tiebreaking home run with one out in the ninth inning, Brad Eldred went deep twice, and the second-place Hiroshima Carp rallied once to beat the Yokohama BayStars 7-5 on Sunday afternoon. Yoshihiro Maru opened the scoring in the first with ...

Mejia leads charge as Lions rally past Hawks

Jun 28, 2014

Mejia leads charge as Lions rally past Hawks

Ernesto Mejia belted a pair of home runs and drove in three runs as the Seibu Lions beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 8-6 on Saturday afternoon for their second straight win since the restart of league play. Before a crowd of 31,447 at Seibu ...

Hurler Maeda guides Carp to sixth straight victory

Jun 27, 2014

Hurler Maeda guides Carp to sixth straight victory

The Hiroshima Carp resumed the regular season with a bang on Friday, cruising to their sixth straight victory in a 6-0 whitewash of the Yokohama BayStars. Kenta Maeda (7-4), who allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked two, led the way over seven ...

Swallows rout Marines

Jun 25, 2014

Swallows rout Marines

Left-hander Masanori Ishikawa pitched seven innings of one-run ball, Yuhei Takai homered and drove in five runs, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows thumped the Chiba Lotte Marines 14-3 as the two clubs wrapped up their final interleague game on Wednesday. Each of the Swallows’ ...