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Oct 3, 2014

Lions appoint Tanabe for next season

The Pacific League’s Seibu Lions said Thursday they will hire interim skipper Norio Tanabe to run the club next season on a one-year deal. The 48-year-old Tanabe, who began the season as the Lions’ batting coach, took over from 65-year-old Haruki Ihara, who returned ...

Nomi helps Tigers close gap on Carp

Oct 1, 2014

Nomi helps Tigers close gap on Carp

Left-handed ace Atsushi Nomi allowed a run in six innings on Wednesday as the Hanshin Tigers beat the Hiroshima Carp 4-2 to move within a hair of the Carp in the race for the second seed in the Central League playoffs. Nomi (9-13) gave ...

Itoi, Shimada power Buffaloes past Eagles

Sep 30, 2014

Itoi, Shimada power Buffaloes past Eagles

Yoshio Itoi and Takuya Shimada each homered in a six-run fourth inning as the Orix Buffaloes overturned a two-run deficit in Tuesday’s 7-3 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko (16-5) allowed three runs in seven innings to earn the ...

Sep 30, 2014

Swallows to cut Iwamura: sources

Slugging infielder Akinori Iwamura will be given his walking papers by the Central League’s Tokyo Yakult Swallows, informed sources revealed on Tuesday. The 35-year-old Iwamura, who is reportedly keen to continue his active career, played in just 39 games this season with a .243 ...

Saito pitches Fighters into playoffs

Sep 29, 2014

Saito pitches Fighters into playoffs

Yuki Saito allowed a run in five impressive innings on Monday and earned the win as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters wrapped up the Pacific League’s final playoff spot by beating the Seibu Lions 4-1. Saito (2-1) allowed two hits and two walks, while ...

Kajitani lifts BayStars to sayonara win over Giants

Sep 28, 2014

Kajitani lifts BayStars to sayonara win over Giants

Takayuki Kajitani singled home the game-winning run on Sunday as the Yokohama BayStars beat the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants 4-3 in 11 innings. Giants reliever Takahiro Aoki (2-2) allowed a leadoff single to Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and followed by walking Aarom Baldiris to put ...

Nakata bashes winning homer in 10th

Sep 27, 2014

Nakata bashes winning homer in 10th

Sho Nakata belted a sayonara solo home run in the 10th inning to lift the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Orix Buffaloes on Saturday night and give themselves some breathing room in their push for the postseason. Nakata’s ...

Sep 27, 2014

Fighters' Kaneko to retire at end of season

Shortstop Makoto Kaneko, who captained the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to back-to-back Pacific League pennants in 2006 and 2007, announced Saturday that this season will be his last. “I may miss not being a ballplayer, but I’ve played 21 years and I have no ...

Sep 27, 2014

Former catcher Kagawa dies at 52

Nobuyuki Kagawa, former catcher for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, died of a heart attack on Friday, police said. He was 52. A native of Osaka, Kagawa was a slugger known by the nickname “Dokaben” for his resemblance to a baseball-playing manga character of the ...

Giants capture 45th regular-season title

Sep 26, 2014

Giants capture 45th regular-season title

The Yomiuri Giants clinched their 45th league title in franchise history on Friday, when they defeated the Yokohama BayStars 6-3. The victory, combined with the Hiroshima Carp’s 4-3 loss to the Hanshin Tigers, clinched the Giants’ third straight Central League pennant. The Giants have ...