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Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Aug 17, 2014

Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Shota Takeda won a scintillating pitcher’s duel on Sunday to help the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 1-0 and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of their nearest rivals for the Pacific League pennant. The 21-year-old Takeda (2-0) allowed five hits, ...

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Aug 16, 2014

Dragons' Yamai silences Swallows

Daisuke Yamai held Japan’s best-hitting team to two hits over the distance as the Chunichi Dragons beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6-0 on Saturday afternoon. Yamai, who once combined with reliever Hitoki Iwase for a perfect game in the Japan Series and threw a ...

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

Aug 16, 2014

Gomez earning his stripes with Tigers

by Jason Coskrey

Mauro Gomez probably couldn’t believe his luck when he saw the pitch Chris Seddon threw him. Gomez had been stuck in a brief slump. Naturally, the media contingent that follows the team had been busy overreacting to it for a few days, bombarding the ...

Buffaloes sticking together during pennant race

Aug 13, 2014

Buffaloes sticking together during pennant race

The Orix Buffaloes are in their first Pacific League pennant race in six seasons and thoroughly enjoying the experience. After their entire weekend series against the last-place Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles was washed out, the Buffaloes entered Wednesday’s game against the Seibu Lions trailing ...

Aug 12, 2014

Messenger leads charge as Tigers hold off Giants

Despite some thorns, the story kept getting rosier for Hanshin Tigers right-hander Randy Messenger. Messenger played heroic offense and daredevil defense, leading the way over six innings as the Hanshin Tigers started a three-game series with a 4-3 win over the Central League front-running ...

Aug 11, 2014

NPB reduces interleague schedule

Nippon Professional Baseball’s Central and Pacific leagues agreed Monday to switch to an 18-game interleague format next season. The representatives for NPB’s 12 teams adopted the change from 24 games to 18 as the Pacific League clubs gave in to the Central League demands ...