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Apr 18, 2016

Baseball players' union seeks free-agency preview

Japan’s players union requested on Monday that players be allowed to gauge market interest in their services before they file for free agency. According to Tadahito Mori, the secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, teams that refuse to negotiate with their ...

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Apr 16, 2016

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Luis Cruz drove in two runs, one on a tie-breaking solo homer as the Yomiuri Giants avenged a shutout loss to Hiroki Kuroda by beating the Hiroshima Carp 6-5 in the Central League on Saturday. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of ...

Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Apr 15, 2016

Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Luis Mendoza allowed two runs over seven-plus innings to pick up his first win of the year as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters mauled the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines 13-3 on Friday. Mendoza (1-2) allowed eight hits and four walks while striking out ...

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Apr 14, 2016

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Hideaki Wakui won his fourth straight start as the Chiba Lotte Marines prevailed 9-2 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Wakui (4-0), the Pacific League leader in victories, allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks ...

Kamata outduels Otani to help Eagles edge Fighters

Apr 10, 2016

Kamata outduels Otani to help Eagles edge Fighters

Yoshinao Kamata located his pitches precisely over seven innings to win a pitcher’s duel with Shohei Otani as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 in the Pacific League on Sunday. Kamata (1-0) allowed four hits and a walk, ...

Mejia, Makita guide Lions past rival Marines

Apr 9, 2016

Mejia, Makita guide Lions past rival Marines

Ernesto Mejia hit a tie-breaking solo homer for the Seibu Lions in their 5-4 Pacific League victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines on Saturday. Before 25,618 at QVC Marine Field, Mejia, who tied for the PL lead with 34 home runs in his first ...