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Despaigne, Marines overpower Hawks

Apr 6, 2016

Despaigne, Marines overpower Hawks

Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking solo homer off reliever Dennis Sarfate on Wednesday as the Chiba Lotte Marines knocked off the defending Pacific League champs 4-3. “I’m really happy with my first home run and that it came off a team as strong as ...

Apr 5, 2016

Olympic organizers want Jingu shuttered for six months

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee has requested that historic Jingu Stadium be closed for half a year starting in May 2020, an amateur baseball source said Tuesday. The ballpark is a short distance from the Tokyo’s yet-to-be-constructed National Stadium. Jingu, built in 1926, ...

Apr 2, 2016

Matsui angry about betting scandal

Former New York Yankee Hideki Matsui admitted Saturday that the recent banning of four Yomiuri Giants pitchers for their involvement in baseball gambling touched a nerve, but he offered no advice to Japanese baseball on how to prevent a reoccurrence of the problem. “It’s ...

Norimoto strikes out 12 as Eagles slay Lions

Apr 1, 2016

Norimoto strikes out 12 as Eagles slay Lions

Two-time Pacific League strikeout leader Takahiro Norimoto continued amassing whiffs on Friday, when he struck out 12 over eight innings in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ 4-2 win over the Seibu Lions. Norimoto (2-0), who brought his best fastball to the game, allowed two ...

BayStars hand Giants first loss of season

Mar 30, 2016

BayStars hand Giants first loss of season

Rookie right-hander Toshiki Sakurai blew a three-run lead and the Yomiuri Giants suffered their first loss of the season as the Yokohama BayStars came from behind to win 6-3 in the Central League on Wednesday. Sakurai (0-1), the No. 1 draft pick last October, ...