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Tamura helps Marines thump Lions

Catcher Tatsuhiro Tamura had four hits and three RBIs to help power the Chiba Lotte Marines to a 10-4 thumping of the Seibu Lions in the Pacific League on Sunday afternoon. Tamura doubled, homered and added a late RBI single, and Jason Standridge (5-5) pitched into the sixth inning as ...

Ramirez keeping things simple for BayStars

Jun 23, 2016

Ramirez keeping things simple for BayStars

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After 13 years studying Japanese baseball as a hitter and outfielder, Alex Ramirez is taking a similar approach to his new job as the rookie manager of the Yokohama BayStars. The Venezuelan, the first foreign-born player with 2,000 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball, is ...

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

Jun 22, 2016

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

The season of career minor leaguer Ryuma Kidokoro took another surprising turn on Wednesday, when the 30-year-old was named Nippon Professional Baseball’s interleague MVP. The Hawks’ journeyman, who since 2005 has spent the bulk of his time on the first team as a pinch ...

Jun 21, 2016

Hawks sign Van Den Hurk to three-year extension

Right-hander Rick Van Den Hurk has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, the Pacific League champs announced Tuesday. The deal for the 31-year-old Dutch international is believed to be worth ¥1.2 billion with additional incentives. Van Den Hurk set ...

Tigers beat Buffaloes to finish interleague with win

Jun 20, 2016

Tigers beat Buffaloes to finish interleague with win

Lefty Suguru Iwazaki threw seven scoreless innings and Fumihito Haraguchi broke up a scoreless pitchers’ duel with an eighth-inning home run as the Hanshin Tigers wrapped up this year’s interleague action with a 2-0 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Monday. In a makeup ...

Carp rally past Buffaloes

Jun 19, 2016

Carp rally past Buffaloes

Rookie Ko Shimozuru hit a game-tying, two-run, pinch-hit homer, and Seiya Suzuki drove in the winning run with a home run for the third straight day as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Orix Buffaloes 5-4 on Sunday in interleague. The win was the sixth ...

Norberto, Hirata help Dragons edge Fighters

Jun 17, 2016

Norberto, Hirata help Dragons edge Fighters

Jordan Norberto blanked the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters over 7⅔ innings and Ryosuke Hirata hit a decisive RBI double as the Chunichi Dragons claimed a 1-0 win to snap their four-game skid on Friday in interleague action. Norberto (4-1), who fanned eight while allowing ...

Sakamoto lifts Giants to victory over Eagles

Jun 16, 2016

Sakamoto lifts Giants to victory over Eagles

Hayato Sakamoto brought the Yomiuri Giants from behind for the third time on Thursday night with a two-run, eighth-inning homer in a 10-7 interleague win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Trailing by a run in the bottom of eighth before 44,925 at Tokyo ...

Giants snap five-game skid

Jun 15, 2016

Giants snap five-game skid

Shuichi Murata hit a two-out, walk-off single in the ninth inning as the Yomiuri Giants snapped their five-game skid with a 3-2 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Wednesday in interleague action. Yomiuri led in the third through a two-run shot from ...