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Jul 21, 2014

Buffaloes resume season with win over Fighters

Tomotaka Sakaguchi had a game-tying RBI single in the fifth inning and Wily Mo Pena delivered a two-run single with two outs the same frame as the Orix Buffaloes came from behind to beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-3 to resume the regular ...

Jul 20, 2014

BayStars take Gurriel off active roster

New Cuban import Yulieski Gurriel was deactivated on Sunday due to muscle inflammation in his left side, the Yokohama BayStars announced on Sunday. The 30-year-old slugging infielder, who is suffering from inflammation in his left oblique muscles, was scratched from a July 16 game ...

Jul 20, 2014

Arakaki, Yamanaka traded to Swallows

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-handers Nagisa Arakaki and Hirofumi Yamanaka have been dealt to the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in a trade for shortstop Keizo Kawashima and lefty Ryo Hidaka, sources said on Sunday. The Hawks are hoping to bolster their roster as they aim for ...

Otani fireballs lead PL past CL in All-Star Game 2

Jul 19, 2014

Otani fireballs lead PL past CL in All-Star Game 2

Shohei Otani ratcheted up the radar gun from the mound and earned the victory on Saturday as the Pacific League All-Stars beat their Central League counterparts 12-6 to earn a split of this summer’s All-Star Series. Otani, of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, got ...

Eldred, Carp like their chances in CL

Jul 19, 2014

Eldred, Carp like their chances in CL

by Jason Coskrey

One can only imagine what went through Hiroshima Carp manager Kenjiro Nomura’s mind in the Central League dugout when Brad Eldred went down after fouling a ball off his foot in the seventh inning of the 2014 All-Star Series opener on Saturday at Seibu ...

Messenger lights up Dragons in Tigers win

Jul 16, 2014

Messenger lights up Dragons in Tigers win

Randy Messenger threw eight scoreless innings and Oh Seung-hwan saved his 22nd game as the Hanshin Tigers defeated Chunichi Dragons 2-0 to wrap up the first half of the season heading into the All-Star break on Wednesday night. Messenger (8-7) scattered three hits, all ...

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Jul 16, 2014

NPB officials welcome return of series against MLB

Eight years after turning their backs on visiting major league all-star tours, Japan’s players are welcoming the big leaguers back with open arms for games in November. For the first time since 2006, a team of major league all stars will visit Japan in ...