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Mar 19, 2016

Fighters pitcher Uwasawa to undergo elbow surgery

Right-hander Naoyuki Uwasawa will undergo surgery on his pitching elbow and will be out for about six weeks, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced Saturday. The 22-year-old pitcher will have arthroscopic surgery next Wednesday to alleviate trouble from elbow synovial fold syndrome. “I was ...

Mar 17, 2016

Carp reveal team's practice of players exchanging cash

The Hiroshima Carp became the fifth Nippon Professional Baseball club to admit to the practice of players exchanging cash after games. The club’s general manager, Kiyoaki Suzuki, on Thursday told the Central League’s emergency board of directors session that the practice was only carried ...

Mar 14, 2016

Giants say players engaged in pool betting on team's games

The Yomiuri Giants confirmed Monday that the team’s players routinely took part in pool betting on the Central League team’s games. Six days after a fourth Giants pitcher was found to have gambled on Nippon Professional Baseball games, the head of NPB’s investigations committee, ...

Hanshin pitcher Fujikawa growing into new role

Mar 13, 2016

Hanshin pitcher Fujikawa growing into new role

Kyuji Fujikawa, whose 220 saves are fifth most in Nippon Professional Baseball history, threw five hitless innings on Sunday for the Hanshin Tigers. The 35-year-old right-hander is returning to NPB after three years and trying to make the transition to starter. In his second ...

Mar 10, 2016

Hawks' Matsuzaka named starter for preseason game

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been penciled in to make his first start in a year for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a preseason game next Wednesday. Matsuzaka will join the first team on Friday and is expected to pitch around four innings against the Seibu ...