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Blanco slays Dragons with sayonara home run

Sep 15, 2014

Blanco slays Dragons with sayonara home run

Tony Blanco’s pinch-hit solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning on Monday lifted the Yokohama BayStars to a 4-3 walk-off win over the Chunichi Dragons. Moments after the Dragons’ Takahito Kudo tied the game in the top of the ninth off rookie ...

Otani fans nine, fires five-hit shutout

Sep 13, 2014

Otani fans nine, fires five-hit shutout

Double-duty right-hander Shohei Otani struck out nine in a five-hit shutout as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 1-0 on Saturday. Before 34,675 at Sapporo Dome, Otani (11-4) got a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh on an ...

Utsumi blanks BayStars as Giants widen lead

Sep 12, 2014

Utsumi blanks BayStars as Giants widen lead

Tetsuya Utsumi threw a four-hit shutout as the Yomiuri Giants cruised past the Yokohama BayStars 4-0 on Friday and moved five games clear at the top of the Central League standings. Utsumi (5-8) struck out five without issuing a walk as he pitched his ...

Dragons bullpen thwarts Carp comeback attempt

Sep 11, 2014

Dragons bullpen thwarts Carp comeback attempt

Chunichi Dragons lefty Yudai Ono tossed one-run ball over 6-1/3 innings, drove in the decisive run, and the bullpen did the rest to stave off the Hiroshima Carp in a 2-1 victory on Thursday night. With second-place Hiroshima’s loss and a win by the ...

Marines catcher Satozaki reveals plan to retire

Sep 11, 2014

Marines catcher Satozaki reveals plan to retire

Chiba Lotte Marines catcher Tomoya Satozaki will put an end to his career at the end of the current season, his Pacific League club announced on Thursday. Satozaki, 38, will hold a press conference on Friday. “Looking back on my baseball career, I can ...

Sugano gets job done to sink Tigers

Sep 10, 2014

Sugano gets job done to sink Tigers

Tomoyuki Sugano pitched one-run ball over seven innings in a match-up against lefty Minoru Iwata and the Yomiuri Giants rallied to beat the rival Hanshin Tigers 3-1 on Wednesday night. The Central League-leading Giants beat the third-place Tigers for the second straight night and ...

Lions spoil Hawks' party

Sep 7, 2014

Lions spoil Hawks' party

Ernesto Mejia hit his league-leading 30th home run in a 3-for-4 outing in support of Ryoma Nogami, who yielded three runs over strong seven innings in the Seibu Lions’ 6-3 win over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Sunday afternoon. A day after Softbank booked ...