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Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Apr 22, 2016

Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Giants closer Hirokazu Sawamura gave up ninth-inning game-tying solo home run as Yomiuri played to a 1-1, 12-inning tie against the Yokohama BayStars in the Central League on Friday. Yokohama pinch hitter Tomo Otosaka led off the ninth with a homer to prevent Yomiuri ...

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Apr 21, 2016

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Daikan Yoh hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters edged the Seibu Lions 4-3 in the Pacific League on Thursday. Yoh, who made his first start since April 9 following a left-ankle injury, as a designated ...

Surging Hawks extend winning streak to eight

Apr 20, 2016

Surging Hawks extend winning streak to eight

Tsuyoshi Wada threw his first shutout since his return from the major leagues as the defending Pacific League champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to eight. Former Chicago Cubs southpaw Wada (2-1), who ...

Apr 20, 2016

Tateyama sidelined after elbow surgery

Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama is likely to miss the first half of the season after undergoing right elbow surgery on Wednesday, the Central League club said. Tateyama, who returned from his third Tommy John surgery last June, is out for six weeks ...

Apr 20, 2016

Matsuzaka struggles in outing on farm

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control and allowed two runs in two innings on Wednesday for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Western League farm team against the Chunichi Dragons. Matsuzaka, on his way back from the right shoulder surgery he had in August, came away ...

Apr 18, 2016

Baseball players' union seeks free-agency preview

Japan’s players union requested on Monday that players be allowed to gauge market interest in their services before they file for free agency. According to Tadahito Mori, the secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, teams that refuse to negotiate with their ...

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Apr 16, 2016

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Luis Cruz drove in two runs, one on a tie-breaking solo homer as the Yomiuri Giants avenged a shutout loss to Hiroki Kuroda by beating the Hiroshima Carp 6-5 in the Central League on Saturday. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of ...

Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Apr 15, 2016

Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Luis Mendoza allowed two runs over seven-plus innings to pick up his first win of the year as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters mauled the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines 13-3 on Friday. Mendoza (1-2) allowed eight hits and four walks while striking out ...