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Apr 20, 2016

Tateyama sidelined after elbow surgery

Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama is likely to miss the first half of the season after undergoing right elbow surgery on Wednesday, the Central League club said. Tateyama, who returned from his third Tommy John surgery last June, is out for six weeks ...

Apr 20, 2016

Matsuzaka struggles in outing on farm

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control and allowed two runs in two innings on Wednesday for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Western League farm team against the Chunichi Dragons. Matsuzaka, on his way back from the right shoulder surgery he had in August, came away ...

Apr 18, 2016

Baseball players' union seeks free-agency preview

Japan’s players union requested on Monday that players be allowed to gauge market interest in their services before they file for free agency. According to Tadahito Mori, the secretary general of the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association, teams that refuse to negotiate with their ...

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Apr 16, 2016

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Luis Cruz drove in two runs, one on a tie-breaking solo homer as the Yomiuri Giants avenged a shutout loss to Hiroki Kuroda by beating the Hiroshima Carp 6-5 in the Central League on Saturday. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of ...

Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Apr 15, 2016

Fighters pound Marines starter Furuya

Luis Mendoza allowed two runs over seven-plus innings to pick up his first win of the year as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters mauled the Pacific League-leading Chiba Lotte Marines 13-3 on Friday. Mendoza (1-2) allowed eight hits and four walks while striking out ...

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Apr 14, 2016

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Hideaki Wakui won his fourth straight start as the Chiba Lotte Marines prevailed 9-2 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Wakui (4-0), the Pacific League leader in victories, allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks ...