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Jun 2, 2015

Last-place Buffaloes part ways with skipper Moriwaki

The Orix Buffaloes effectively fired manager Hiroshi Moriwaki on Tuesday, promoting head coach Junichi Fukura to see out the rest of the season. Moriwaki was placed on “leave” with Orix in last place in the Pacific League, 12 games out of first, ahead of ...

Giants pitcher Mikolas learning to live out of zone

May 31, 2015

Giants pitcher Mikolas learning to live out of zone

While so much of pitching is about being able to execute your pitches in the strike zone, first-year Yomiuri Giants right-hander Mile Mikolas has been immersing himself in Japan’s art of working outside the zone. Mikolas, who pitched in the majors with the San ...

Carp's Kuroda picks up victory despite shaky outing

May 29, 2015

Carp's Kuroda picks up victory despite shaky outing

Hiroki Kuroda lasted 6-1/3 innings despite some poor control and earned the win as the Hiroshima Carp defeated the Orix Buffaloes 6-3 in interleague action on Friday. Kuroda, who spent a combined seven seasons with the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed ...

Ageless Miura leads way as BayStars down Buffaloes

May 28, 2015

Ageless Miura leads way as BayStars down Buffaloes

Player-coach Daisuke Miura remained perfect this season Wednesday, when he pitched the Central League-leading DeNA BayStars to a 4-2 come-from-behind interleague win over the Orix Buffaloes. Before 21,492 at Yokohama Stadium, Miura allowed six hits over seven innings, with four of them coming in ...

Sakamoto drives in five runs as Giants pound Lions

May 26, 2015

Sakamoto drives in five runs as Giants pound Lions

Captain Hayato Sakamoto erupted for four hits and five RBIs as the Yomiuri Giants blew out the Seibu Lions 11-1 to start the interleague games Tuesday. Tomoyuki Sugano (6-4) was two outs away from throwing his second straight shutout, but an error by center ...

May 26, 2015

Nishioka sidelined with elbow injury

Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was diagnosed with a damaged medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be out indefinitely, the Hanshin Tigers said Tuesday. Nishioka will not need surgery, but manager Yutaka Wada said the injury is fairly serious. “He’s going to need ...