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Ramirez happy to be back in NPB

Jun 28, 2015

Ramirez happy to be back in NPB

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Alex Ramirez had an eventful first gameday on the job. The new roving advisor to the Orix Buffaloes spent most of batting practice on Saturday giving instruction to many of the Orix hitters, including Yoshio Itoi and Takahiro Okada. Later, he high-fived a few ...

Jun 27, 2015

BayStars acquire veteran pitcher Below

The Yokohama BayStars on Saturday announced the signing of American southpaw Duane Below from the New York Mets organization. The 29-year-old was 4-3 this year for Triple-A Las Vegas with a 2.19 ERA in 49-1/3 innings. He started five of his 11 games. The ...

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Jun 26, 2015

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Seibu Lions ace Takayuki Kishi allowed two run in six innings to earn his first win of the season as his teammates bombarded the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 12-4 win on Friday. The Lions pounded out 19 hits, including four home runs, ...

Jun 26, 2015

Pitchers Kuroda, Otani picked in All-Star fan balloting

Hiroki Kuroda, who returned to Hiroshima this year after seven impressive big league seasons, was voted onto the Central League All-Star team though the fans ballot, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Friday. The 40-year-old Carp veteran is 6-2 this season with a 2.72 ERA. He ...

Matsuda sparks Hawks in comeback win over Lions

Jun 25, 2015

Matsuda sparks Hawks in comeback win over Lions

Nobuhiro Matsuda drove in three runs, including the seventh-inning tiebreaker, as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pulled away to beat the Seibu Lions 9-6 on Thursday. The Hawks took the lead three times only to see Seibu tie it. With the game knotted ...

BayStars snap 12-game slide

Jun 23, 2015

BayStars snap 12-game slide

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The Yokohama BayStars fans who made the trip to Tokyo were loud, enthusiastic, and kept cheering all the way until the end of their team’s game against the Yomiuri Giants. For the first time in a while, their revelry didn’t end with the final ...

Jun 23, 2015

Kokubo eyeing Kuroda for Premier 12

Japan skipper Hiroki Kokubo said Monday he is flirting with the idea of calling up the Hiroshima Carp’s veteran right-hander Hiroki Kuroda for the inaugural Premier 12 this fall. “Fatigue is something we’ll have to consider but yes, there is the possibility,” Kokubo said ...

Orix signs Chavez, names Ramirez as advisor

Jun 22, 2015

Orix signs Chavez, names Ramirez as advisor

The Orix Buffaloes on Monday announced the signing of Venezuelan outfielder Johermyn Chavez and named his compatriot and former Yomiuri Giants and Tokyo Yakult Swallows star Alex Ramirez as roving advisor. The 26-year-old Chavez was hitting .301 with four home runs and 24 RBIs ...

Van den Hurk earns win with late Hawks rally

Jun 21, 2015

Van den Hurk earns win with late Hawks rally

Dutch right-hander Rick van den Hurk allowed two runs over seven innings, while striking out 13 and was rewarded by a late comeback from his team as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-2 on Sunday. “I focus on executing ...