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NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Jul 16, 2014

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Eight years after turning their backs on visiting major league all-star tours, Japan’s players are welcoming the big leaguers back with open arms for games in November. For the first time since 2006, a team of major league all stars will visit Japan in ...

Swallows rout Giants at Tokyo Dome

Jul 14, 2014

Swallows rout Giants at Tokyo Dome

Masanori Ishikawa got more than enough run support against fellow lefty Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuto Yamada homered and drove in three runs, and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows ran roughshod over the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants in a 12-1 rout on Monday night. With the victory, ...

Jul 13, 2014

Sugiuchi fastest to strike out 2,000

Yomiuri Giants lefty Toshiya Sugiuchi became the 22nd pitcher in Japanese baseball history to reach 2,000 career strikeouts in a game against the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday, achieving the feat at the fastest pace ever. Sugiuchi registered his third strikeout of the game to ...

Maeda leads way as Carp snap four-game skid

Jul 12, 2014

Maeda leads way as Carp snap four-game skid

Kenta Maeda kept the damage to a minimum by yielding one run over eight strong innings as the Hiroshima Carp staved off the Chunichi Dragons 3-1 to snap a four-game losing streak on Saturday. The Carp, who dropped into third place a day earlier ...

Goto goes deep as BayStars blank Giants

Jul 9, 2014

Goto goes deep as BayStars blank Giants

Taketoshi Goto hit a three-run home run in the early going as the Yokohama BayStars downed the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 3-0 on Wednesday night. Yasutomo Kubo (7-4) yielded five hits over six innings for the win and three relievers polished off the shutout ...

Tigers stretch winning streak to six

Jul 8, 2014

Tigers stretch winning streak to six

Minoru Iwata allowed one unearned run over seven solid innings, leading the surging Hanshin Tigers to their sixth straight win in a 3-1 victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday night. The third-place Tigers moved within one game of second-place Hiroshima. Iwata (6-3) yielded ...