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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 ...

Jul 2, 2015

Giants pinch runner Suzuki named to CL All-Star squad

In a series that is ostensibly about the best and most popular players in Nippon Professional Baseball, Central League manager Tatsunori Hara pulled an unusual move on Thursday, naming pinch runner Takahiro Suzuki to his squad. While fans have occasionally voted popular players to ...

Hawks beat Lions to strengthen PL lead

Jun 29, 2015

Hawks beat Lions to strengthen PL lead

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks stretched their lead over the Pacific League with a 3-1 win against the Seibu Lions on Monday at Tokyo Dome. Right-hander Shota Takeda (7-2) allowed one run on four hits in six innings to win his fifth straight start and ...