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Mar 5, 2015

Matsui, Jeter to toss first pitches at exhibition game

Former New York Yankees teammates Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter will throw out the ceremonial first pitches at Tokyo Dome before the March 21 preseason game between the Yomiuri Giants and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the Giants said Thursday. Matsui, who starred for the ...

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Mar 4, 2015

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the mound where he made his name on Wednesday. At 34, Matsuzaka is a far cry from the schoolboy who rose to ...

Mar 4, 2015

Yamamoto says knee injury isn't serious

Chunichi Dragons veteran lefty Masahiro Yamamoto on Wednesday downplayed an injury he suffered a day earlier to his right knee. “Once the inflammation goes away I’ve been told it’s alright to move,” the 49-year-old Yamamoto said after arriving at Nagoya Dome. “I can walk, ...

Dragons lefty Yamamoto departs game after one pitch

Mar 3, 2015

Dragons lefty Yamamoto departs game after one pitch

Chunichi Dragons veteran left-hander Masahiro Yamamoto had to leave the mound after throwing just one pitch in a farm league game at Nagoya Dome on Tuesday. The 49-year-old Yamamoto, who last September became the oldest pitcher to win a game in Japanese baseball history, ...

New Giants lefty Poreda settling in well

Mar 1, 2015

New Giants lefty Poreda settling in well

Despite an initial phase of uncertainty about moving to Japan, new Yomiuri Giants lefty Aaron Poreda appears to be taking well to pitching in unfamiliar territory. On Sunday, Poreda got his first taste of his home park’s mound with two scoreless innings in a ...

Feb 27, 2015

Inaba asks Darvish to play for Japan

Samurai Japan batting coach Atsunori Inaba on Thursday visited Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish and asked his former teammate to consider playing again for Japan’s national team. After winning the first two World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009, Japan was unable to get ...

Feb 23, 2015

Baseball commissioner seeks to shorten games

Baseball commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki indicated Monday he is considering a plan to punish teams that fail to play games faster. In the annual battle to reduce the time of games, the commissioner, who visited the 12 teams, said punishments were discussed. The results of ...