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Mar 17, 2015

Eagles hurler Norimoto named Opening Day starter

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Takahiro Norimoto will pitch his team’s Opening Day, manager Hiromoto Okubo said Tuesday. Norimoto, 24, will be the starting pitcher for the third straight year since his rookie season. He is only the second player since the start of ...

Mar 10, 2015

Eagles' Mickolio sidelined with disk hernia

Right-hander Kam Mickolio, who was expected to take over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ closer role this year, has been diagnosed with a disk hernia that will require at least three months to heal, the team said Tuesday. The 205-cm Mickolio had complained of ...

Kokubo urges Samurai Japan to pay fitting tribute

Mar 9, 2015

Kokubo urges Samurai Japan to pay fitting tribute

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said Monday that this week’s games against Europe are important for both his players and as a reminder of the disaster that struck the Tohoku region four years ago. “It’s only March, but this autumn we’re going to have ...

Kuroda makes dominating spring debut

Mar 8, 2015

Kuroda makes dominating spring debut

Hiroki Kuroda was back on the mound in Hiroshima for the first time in eight years on Sunday, when he retired all 13 batters he faced in a 1-0 exhibition win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. “From the standpoint of results, it was a ...

Mar 8, 2015

Kuroda makes triumphant return

Hiroki Kuroda was back on the mound in Hiroshima for the first time in eight years on Sunday, when he retired all 13 batters he faced in a 1-0 exhibition win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. “From the standpoint of results, it was a ...

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 ...