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Jul 15, 2016

JPBPA opposes potential mid-season change to collision rule

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on Friday decided to oppose Nippon Professional Baseball’s potential mid-year introduction of the revised guidelines on preventing home plate collisions. The controversial guideline introduced this season strictly prohibits fielders from remaining in the third-base line as runners approach ...

Jul 15, 2016

Lions cut pitcher Van Hekken

The Seibu Lions terminated left-hander Andy Van Hekken’s contract and placed him on waivers, the Pacific League club announced Friday. The 36-year-old joined Seibu ahead of this season and was in the starting rotation at the beginning of the season, but struggled with a ...

Jul 14, 2016

BayStars finalize deal with reliever Broadway

The Yokohama BayStars have signed right-handed reliever Mike Broadway for the remainder of the season, the Central League team announced Thursday. Broadway made four appearances for the San Francisco Giants this season, posting an 11.81 ERA with four strikeouts. The 29-year-old started his career ...

Fighters run winning streak to 15

Jul 11, 2016

Fighters run winning streak to 15

Mitsuo Yoshikawa dodged bullets to work 5⅓ scoreless innings for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, who defeated the Orix Buffaloes 4-1 in the Pacific League to stretch the franchise’s longest win streak to 15 games. Before 20,892 at Kyocera Dome, Yoshikawa surrendered six hits ...