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Jun 18, 2015

Fighters sign Nationals farmhand Lively

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have acquired 29-year-old right-hander Mitch Lively from the Washington Nationals on a one-year deal, the Pacific League club announced on Thursday. The 198-cm, 113-kg Lively, was 0-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 18 games this season for the Nationals’ ...

Jun 17, 2015

Eagles catcher Shima sidelined with broken rib

Tohoku Rakuten catcher Motohiro Shima will be out four to six weeks with a broken left rib cage, the Eagles said Wednesday. Shima was behind the plate when he took a foul ball into the ribs during Saturday’s game against the Chunichi Dragons. He ...

Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Jun 16, 2015

Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Minoru Iwata went the distance and Tigers catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka drove in five runs in Hanshin’s 11-4 trouncing of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in this season’s interleague finale. The Tigers, who lost their previous two games by a combined score of 26-2 over ...

Marines roar back to sink Giants

Jun 14, 2015

Marines roar back to sink Giants

The Chiba Lotte Marines mounted a dramatic three-run, ninth-inning comeback over the Yomiuri Giants to win 3-2 in interleague action on Sunday. Marines No. 9 hitter Yuta Yoshida struck the game winner off closer Hirokazu Sawamura with the bases loaded and two outs, looping ...

Buffaloes use 16-hit attack to pummel Tigers

Jun 13, 2015

Buffaloes use 16-hit attack to pummel Tigers

The Orix Buffaloes ran riot in interleague action on Saturday with 16 hits to hammer the Hanshin Tigers 15-1 in the second round of their Kansai Derby. Last season’s Pacific League MVP, Chihiro Kaneko (2-1), pitched seven innings for the Buffaloes, allowing the opening ...

Jun 13, 2015

Hawks' Settsu dropped from active roster

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks removed ace right-hander Tadashi Settsu from the 28-man active roster on Saturday, a day after he allowed five runs in six innings. In 12 games this season, Settsu has a 4-5 record with a 4.10 ERA, and has surrendered a ...

Jun 13, 2015

Fighters' Hermida returning to U.S. after thumb injury

Outfielder Jeremy Hermida will temporarily return to the United States, having broken the base of his left thumb, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Saturday. Hermida was injured during the Fighters’ 1-0 defeat to the Hanshin Tigers on June 6 and was deactivated two ...