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Giants clober CL rival Swallows

Jul 30, 2016

Giants clober CL rival Swallows

Kan Otake threw seven shutout innings as the Yomiuri Giants walloped the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9-0 in the Central League on Saturday. Otake (3-1) held Yakult to four hits and three walks, while striking out five in a 132-pitch outing, making the most of ...

Jul 30, 2016

Swallows' Hatakeyama done for season

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, who led the Central League in RBIs last season, will spend the rest of this season rehabilitating, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows announced Saturday. The 33-year-old first baseman, who reached career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (105) to help propel the ...

Jul 29, 2016

Eagles release struggling pitcher Ray

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Friday they have terminated right-hander Kenny Ray’s contract and placed him on waivers. The 41-year-old was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in four starts this season in his third year with the Pacific League club. Ray was 0-1 ...

Wheeler goes deep as Eagles pound Hawks

Jul 27, 2016

Wheeler goes deep as Eagles pound Hawks

Zelous Wheeler celebrated a big day for his family with two hits and three RBIs to help carry the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 6-2 win over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Wednesday evening. Wheeler’s 19th home run of the season, a two-run ...

Jul 26, 2016

Lions southpaw Takahashi has Tommy John surgery

Seibu Lions lefty Tomomi Takahashi, who saved 51 games over the previous two seasons, has had Tommy John surgery, the Pacific League club announced Tuesday. The 27-year-old Takahashi appeared in seven games this spring with one save, three holds and one win before being ...

Hiroshima hurler Kuroda earns 200th career victory

Jul 23, 2016

Hiroshima hurler Kuroda earns 200th career victory

Former big leaguer Hiroki Kuroda picked up his 200th career win in top-flight pro ball after keeping the Hanshin Tigers off the scoreboard through seven innings in the Hiroshima Carp’s 7-0 win on Saturday. Kuroda (7-5), who lost his two starts this month before ...