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Jun 15, 2016

Giants' Cruz flies to U.S. for examination

Yomiuri Giants second baseman Luis Cruz has traveled to the United States to go through a checkup, believed to be on his left ankle, the Central League club announced Wednesday. The Mexico international, who has hit .260 with six home runs and 25 RBIs ...

Jun 13, 2016

Tigers sign Satterwhite to help strengthen bullpen

The Central League’s Hanshin Tigers announced the signing of right-hander Cody Satterwhite to a one-year contract believed to be worth ¥32 million on Monday. Satterwhite, 29, was playing for the Salt Lake Bees, the Los Angeles Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, this season. He has no ...

Hawks complete sweep of Giants

Jun 12, 2016

Hawks complete sweep of Giants

Ryoma Kidokoro continued his remarkable career turnaround on Sunday, when the light-hitting reserve outfielder belted a pair of two-run homers to help power the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks to a 7-5 interleague win and a series sweep of the Yomiuri Giants. The 31-year-old Kidokoro turned ...

Jun 10, 2016

BayStars' Lopez sidelined with broken toe

Yokohama BayStars first baseman Jose Lopez, whose 14 homers this season tie him for the team lead, has suffered a fracture on the big toe and was set to be deactivated on Friday. Lopez, who is batting .275 with a team-leading 44 runs batted ...

Jun 10, 2016

Buffaloes' Kaneko out with shoulder ailment

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko has been deactivated due to shoulder pain on Friday, the Pacific League club revealed. According to the team’s public relations section, Kaneko had been pitching with slight pain in the joint. However, his condition worsened during Thursday’s interleague game ...

Fighters squeeze past Carp

Jun 8, 2016

Fighters squeeze past Carp

Rookie right-hander Hirotoshi Takanashi earned a win in his first start of the season as Hokkaido Nippon Ham squeezed in two runs in a 4-2 come-from-behind interleague victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday. Given the chance to start after 23 games in relief, ...

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

Jun 8, 2016

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

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Although the start of his Japan career was truly forgettable, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters third baseman Brandon Laird has not forgotten those who helped him get through it. Laird was named the May winner of the Pacific League’s Player of the Month Award on ...