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Nov 13, 2014

Veteran first baseman Arai rejoins to Carp

The Hiroshima Carp announced on Thursday the acquisition of former Central League home run king Takahiro Arai, after he was granted his release by the Hanshin Tigers earlier this month. The 37-year-old Arai will be returning to the club he won the CL home ...

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

Nov 11, 2014

Buffaloes' Kaneko enters free agency

The Orix Buffaloes’ Sawamura Award-winning right-hander Chihiro Kaneko said he had exercised his domestic free-agency rights on Tuesday. “I made my decision after giving it a lot of thought,” Kaneko said. “I want to explore all my options and I thought this would be ...

Nov 11, 2014

Samurai Japan loses in warmup

Samurai Japan’s warmup effort on Monday came out half baked, as manager Hiroki Kokubo’s squad lost 1-0 to a team selected from the rosters of the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Samurai Japan will open its five-game series against ...

Samurai Japan loses warm-up game

Nov 10, 2014

Samurai Japan loses warm-up game

Samurai Japan’s warm-up effort on Monday came out half baked, as manager Hiroki Kokubo’s squad lost 1-0 to a team selected from the rosters of the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. Samurai Japan will open its five-game series against ...

Samurai Japan limbers up for big league challenge

Nov 9, 2014

Samurai Japan limbers up for big league challenge

Manager Hiroki Kokubo’s Samurai Japan squad went through its first practice on Sunday ahead of the upcoming series against a team of visiting major leaguers. “I wanted to see how well the guys moved today, and everybody looked good,” said Kokubo, who announced that ...

Nov 7, 2014

Pacific League releases 2015 schedule

The Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will open their 2015 season at home on March 27, according to the Pacific League, which announced the dates and venues for next season on Friday. With both leagues opening on the same day, the Hawks will ...

Nov 6, 2014

Central League releases 2015 schedule

The Central League announced the dates and venues for its 2015 season on Thursday as teams in both leagues shift from a 144-game season to 143. In opening matchups determined by the order of finish from the 2013 season, the three-time defending champion Yomiuri ...

Nov 6, 2014

Buffaloes earn NPB-best four Golden Gloves

The Orix Buffaloes, who lost the tightest of pennant races this year to the Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, were second to none Thursday, when this year’s Golden Glove Award were announced. The Buffaloes led all 12 Nippon Professional Baseball clubs with four ...

Nov 6, 2014

Shortstop Obiki becomes free agent

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters shortstop Keiji Obiki announced Thursday that he will test the waters of the free agent market this offseason. Speaking to a press conference at the Fighters’ minor league facility in Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture, the 30-year-old said, “When I think of ...