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Messenger dominates as Tigers sweep BayStars

Aug 23, 2015

Messenger dominates as Tigers sweep BayStars

Randy Messenger held the Yokohama BayStars to a run over eight innings as the Hanshin Tigers maintained a foothold at the top of the Central League with a 3-1 win on Sunday. Messenger (8-10) allowed three hits and struck out 11 without a walk ...

Aug 23, 2015

Fighters reliever Takeda to have knee surgery

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Hisashi Takeda will undergo surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee on Aug. 31 in Sapporo and will aim to return to action some time next season, the Pacific League club said Sunday. The 36-year-old Takeda, who ...

Toritani ignites Tigers in rout of BayStars

Aug 22, 2015

Toritani ignites Tigers in rout of BayStars

Takashi Toritani went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs as the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers beat the YokohamaBayStars 7-2 on Saturday. Toritani broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth, driving in two runs with a two-out, bases-loaded double to deep right off Kazuki Mishima’s ...

Lions escape with victory over Marines

Aug 21, 2015

Lions escape with victory over Marines

Ken Togame (8-7) scattered seven hits and two walks over six innings as the Seibu Lions defeated the Chiba Lotte Marines 7-6 and leapfrogged them into third place in the Pacific League standings on Friday. Before 20,506 at Seibu Prince Dome, the game appeared ...

Giants complete sweep of CL-leading Tigers

Aug 20, 2015

Giants complete sweep of CL-leading Tigers

Hayato Sakamoto hit a walk-off RBI single as the Yomiuri Giants swept the three-game home stand against the first-place Hanshin Tigers with a 2-1 victory Thursday. With one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning at Tokyo Dome, Sakamoto’s base hit off ...

Giants use 12-run inning to rout first-place Tigers

Aug 19, 2015

Giants use 12-run inning to rout first-place Tigers

Rookie right-hander Mizuki Tsuchida kept Yomiuri from sinking in the fourth inning and the Giants came back with a vengeance, overcoming a three-run deficit to clobber the Hanshin Tigers 12-3 on Wednesday. Before 44,837 at Tokyo Dome, Tsuchida (1-0) took the mound in relief ...

Aug 19, 2015

Swallows lose Yamanaka to muscle strain

A day after failing to win a start for the first time this season, Tokyo Yakult Swallows pitcher Hirofumi Yamanaka was deactivated with a muscle strain on Wednesday. The 29-year-old submarine right-hander strained his right pectoral muscle in Tuesday’s start against the BayStars in ...

Aug 18, 2015

Injured pitchers Matsuzaka, Otonari done for season

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kenji Otonari will be lost for the rest of the season, the club said Tuesday. Matsuzaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and will begin rehabilitation after being discharged. He is expected to need six months ...