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Otani sidelined by fever

Jan 30, 2017

Otani sidelined by fever

Japan’s two-way phenom Shohei Otani rung up a fever of 38.5 that forced him out of Sunday’s workout with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and there is growing concern about what kind of shape the sweet-hitting fireballer will be in when the World Baseball ...

Jan 29, 2017

Otani might not throw in Arizona

In what could be a setback for major league scouts looking to gauge Shohei Otani’s arm, the chances are increasing that he may not pitch in Arizona next month. The slugging pitcher, who arrived in the Phoenix area on Saturday with his teammates for ...

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

Jan 25, 2017

Yomiuri's Yoh will not play for Taiwan at WBC

Yomiuri Giants outfielder Daikan Yoh of Taiwan has said he will not represent his national team at the World Baseball Classic in March, a source close to the matter said Wednesday. The 30-year-old, who joined Yomiuri in the offseason as a domestic free agent, ...

Jan 23, 2017

Japan, Taiwan, South Korea to play in new tournament

Nippon Professional Baseball on Monday announced a new three-way tournament involving the Japan, Taiwan and South Korea national teams on Nov. 16-19 at Tokyo Dome. The three teams will play a round-robin before the top two face off in the final of what will ...

Jan 20, 2017

Hawks extend manager Kudo's contract through 2019

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks have handed manager Kimiyasu Kudo a renewed contract through 2019, the Pacific League club announced on Friday. Kudo, who is in the final year of his three-year deal this season, steered SoftBank to the 2015 Japan Series title in his ...

Jan 16, 2017

Lions rename stadium

The Seibu Lions announced Monday that their stadium will be known as MetLife Dome for the next five years. The venue, originally known as Seibu Stadium, opened when the club relocated from Fukuoka in 1979. A roof was erected over the hilltop ballpark in ...

Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Jan 16, 2017

Ito, Hoshino, Hiramatsu inducted into Hall of Fame

Catcher Tsutomu Ito and pitchers Senichi Hoshino and Masaji Hiramatsu were inducted into Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday. Ito, the catcher for the Seibu Lions’ Pacific League dynasty of the 1980s and 1990s, was elected in the players division. The Chiba Lotte ...