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Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Jul 10, 2015

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Shohei Otani became the first pitcher to 10 wins this season after pitching eight shutout innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Seibu Lions 1-0 on Friday. Lions ace Takayuki Kishi (1-2) pitched six perfect innings in a duel against pitcher-cum-slugger Otani ...

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Jul 9, 2015

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Rick van den Hurk pitched six shutout innings and claimed his third straight win as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-1 on Thursday. The Dutch right-hander allowed two hits for the Pacific League leaders, effectively mixing his fastball with ...

Sugiuchi ends drought as Giants beat Swallows

Jul 8, 2015

Sugiuchi ends drought as Giants beat Swallows

Toshiya Sugiuchi allowed two runs in 7⅓ innings to help the Yomiuri Giants move a game clear at the top of the Central League standings as they beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-4 on Wednesday. Sugiuchi (6-4) gave up six hits, while walking two ...

Carp deactivate Kuroda due to inflammation

Jul 8, 2015

Carp deactivate Kuroda due to inflammation

Hiroki Kuroda, who was voted onto this year’s Central League All-Star roster, was deactivated on Wednesday due to mild inflammation in his right shoulder and right ankle. The 40-year-old Kuroda will miss his next start but is expected to be ready for the All ...

Jul 7, 2015

Lions' Akiyama nabs monthly accolade

Seibu Lions leadoff hitter Shogo Akiyama, who is in pursuit of Japan’s single-season hits record, won his second Player of the Month Award on Tuesday, when the monthly honor roll was announced. Three first-time honorees joined Akiyama, who collected his first monthly award in ...

Hawks pounce on Kaneko

Jul 5, 2015

Hawks pounce on Kaneko

Last season’s Pacific League MVP Chihiro Kaneko gave away eight runs in the fifth inning, when he was knocked out in the Orix Buffaloes’ 10-7 loss to the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Sunday. At Hotto Motto Field, Kaneko (2-4) allowed just one hit in ...

Jul 4, 2015

Buffaloes deactivate Itoi, Nishino, Tsukuhara

Seven-time All-Star Yoshio Itoi and exciting rookie second baseman Masahiro Nishino were deactivated with injuries by the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes on Saturday, along with reliever Shohei Tsukahara. Itoi, one of the PL’s top stars over the past six seasons, had his right elbow ...

Carp hurler Fukui effective in triumph over Giants

Jul 2, 2015

Carp hurler Fukui effective in triumph over Giants

Yuya Fukui, who turned down the Yomiuri Giants when they drafted him out of high school, spurned the Central League champs again on Thursday, going eight impressive innings for the Hiroshima Carp in a 3-2 victory. The right-hander, who went on to Waseda University ...