Baseball Topics

Carp hurler Heath collects first victory in Japan

Deunte Heath threw 6-1/3 scoreless innings and Eishin Soyogi drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Chunichi Dragons 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Heath (1-0), making his second start since joining the Carp from the Chicago White Sox in July, has allowed just one ...

Gomez homer lifts Tigers over Giants

Aug 27, 2014

Gomez homer lifts Tigers over Giants

Mauro Gomez’s tie-breaking two-run home run off closer Scott Mathieson in the 10th inning propelled the Hanshin Tigers to a 5-4 win over the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants on Wednesday evening. Gomez’s 21st homer of the year, off a high 0-1 fastball before 44,904 ...

Giants stage ninth-inning rally against Tigers

Aug 26, 2014

Giants stage ninth-inning rally against Tigers

Hanshin closer Oh Seung-hwan blew the save and the game as the Tigers let the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants walk off with a 4-3 victory Tuesday. With the Tigers up 3-2 in the bottom of the ninth inning, CL saves leader Oh (1-3) allowed ...

Oh feels competition against MLB 'vital' for Japan

Aug 24, 2014

Oh feels competition against MLB 'vital' for Japan

For home run-hitting legend Sadaharu Oh, this November’s competition between Japan’s best players and major league all-stars is vital if Japanese baseball really aspires to become the best in the world. In an exclusive interview with Kyodo News last week, Oh, who managed Japan ...

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Aug 24, 2014

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Takahiro Norimoto threw eight shutout innings on Saturday as the cellar-dwelling Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 2-0. Before 24,593 at Kyocera Dome, Norimoto (11-8), the Pacific League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, allowed three hits, walked three batters and hit ...

Aug 23, 2014

Buffaloes, Moriwaki OK new two-year contract

Hiroshi Moriwaki will stay on as manager of the title-chasing Orix Buffaloes after agreeing to a new two-year contract from next season, the Pacific League club said Saturday. The 54-year-old Moriwaki, who is his second year in charge, has had the Buffaloes around the ...

Miura delivers another quality start for BayStars

Aug 21, 2014

Miura delivers another quality start for BayStars

Forty-year-old ace Daisuke Miura threw seven innings on Thursday night to win his fifth straight start as the Yokohama BayStars beat the third-place Hiroshima Carp 3-0. Miura (5-4) allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out three. He was fortunate to leave the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Fighters cut infielder Abreu

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Thursday that they have terminated the contract of Michel Abreu, who led the Pacific League in home runs last season. Abreu has been limited to just six games this season because of a lower back injury, and ...

Aug 21, 2014

Ailing slugger Despaigne deactivated

Newly acquired Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne has been deactivated from the Chiba Lotte Marines active roster after being diagnosed with a lower back injury, the Pacific League club said Thursday. Despaigne complained of pain in his right midriff and was replaced during the Marines’ ...