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Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Aug 24, 2014

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Takahiro Norimoto threw eight shutout innings on Saturday as the cellar-dwelling Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 2-0. Before 24,593 at Kyocera Dome, Norimoto (11-8), the Pacific League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, allowed three hits, walked three batters and hit ...

Aug 23, 2014

Buffaloes, Moriwaki OK new two-year contract

Hiroshi Moriwaki will stay on as manager of the title-chasing Orix Buffaloes after agreeing to a new two-year contract from next season, the Pacific League club said Saturday. The 54-year-old Moriwaki, who is his second year in charge, has had the Buffaloes around the ...

Miura delivers another quality start for BayStars

Aug 21, 2014

Miura delivers another quality start for BayStars

Forty-year-old ace Daisuke Miura threw seven innings on Thursday night to win his fifth straight start as the Yokohama BayStars beat the third-place Hiroshima Carp 3-0. Miura (5-4) allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out three. He was fortunate to leave the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Fighters cut infielder Abreu

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Thursday that they have terminated the contract of Michel Abreu, who led the Pacific League in home runs last season. Abreu has been limited to just six games this season because of a lower back injury, and ...

Aug 21, 2014

Ailing slugger Despaigne deactivated

Newly acquired Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne has been deactivated from the Chiba Lotte Marines active roster after being diagnosed with a lower back injury, the Pacific League club said Thursday. Despaigne complained of pain in his right midriff and was replaced during the Marines’ ...

Narveson shines as Swallows edge Giants

Aug 20, 2014

Narveson shines as Swallows edge Giants

Lefty Chris Narveson overcame a shaky to start to go eight innings and pitch the Yakult Swallows past the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 2-1 on Wednesday. Narveson (4-8) walked three of the first five batters he faced but found his rhythm and, with the ...

Lions earn tie against League-leading Hawks

Aug 19, 2014

Lions earn tie against League-leading Hawks

Ernesto Mejia’s 23rd homer of the year and some outstanding work by the pitching staff earned the Seibu Lions a 2-2 tie against the Pacific League-leading SoftBank Hawks on Tuesday. In their last turn at bat in the 12th inning against Kazuki Miyata (0-0), ...

Hawks edge Lions

Aug 18, 2014

Hawks edge Lions

Kenta Imamiya’s bases-loaded sac fly capped a three-run eighth inning as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came back to win 6-5 against the Seibu Lions on Monday. With one out and runners on first and second in the bottom of the eighth, Yuya Hasegawa tied ...

Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Aug 17, 2014

Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Shota Takeda won a scintillating pitcher’s duel on Sunday to help the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 1-0 and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of their nearest rivals for the Pacific League pennant. The 21-year-old Takeda (2-0) allowed five hits, ...

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Aug 16, 2014

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Daisuke Yamai held Japan’s best-hitting team to two hits over the distance as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. Yamai, who once combined with reliever Hitoki Iwase for a perfect game in the Japan Series and threw a ...