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Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Jun 16, 2015

Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Minoru Iwata went the distance and Tigers catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka drove in five runs in Hanshin’s 11-4 trouncing of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in this season’s interleague finale. The Tigers, who lost their previous two games by a combined score of 26-2 over ...

Marines roar back to sink Giants

Jun 14, 2015

Marines roar back to sink Giants

The Chiba Lotte Marines mounted a dramatic three-run, ninth-inning comeback over the Yomiuri Giants to win 3-2 in interleague action on Sunday. Marines No. 9 hitter Yuta Yoshida struck the game winner off closer Hirokazu Sawamura with the bases loaded and two outs, looping ...

Buffaloes use 16-hit attack to pummel Tigers

Jun 13, 2015

Buffaloes use 16-hit attack to pummel Tigers

The Orix Buffaloes ran riot in interleague action on Saturday with 16 hits to hammer the Hanshin Tigers 15-1 in the second round of their Kansai Derby. Last season’s Pacific League MVP, Chihiro Kaneko (2-1), pitched seven innings for the Buffaloes, allowing the opening ...

Jun 13, 2015

Hawks' Settsu dropped from active roster

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks removed ace right-hander Tadashi Settsu from the 28-man active roster on Saturday, a day after he allowed five runs in six innings. In 12 games this season, Settsu has a 4-5 record with a 4.10 ERA, and has surrendered a ...

Jun 13, 2015

Fighters' Hermida returning to U.S. after thumb injury

Outfielder Jeremy Hermida will temporarily return to the United States, having broken the base of his left thumb, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Saturday. Hermida was injured during the Fighters’ 1-0 defeat to the Hanshin Tigers on June 6 and was deactivated two ...

Kuroda shuts down Hawks in vintage performance

Jun 12, 2015

Kuroda shuts down Hawks in vintage performance

Hiroki Kuroda threw eight innings to earn his sixth win as the Hiroshima Carp beat the interleague- and Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6-0 on Friday. The Carp, last in the Central League, took the lead after Kuroda (6-2) pitched out of a two-out, ...

Jun 10, 2015

Giants, Fighters complete four-player trade

The Central League’s Yomiuri Giants and Pacific League’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have concluded a four-player trade, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The Giants will ship 34-year-old, right-hand-hitting outfielder Kenji Yano and 29-year-old lefty Hideki Sunaga to the Fighters in exchange ...