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Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Jul 15, 2015

Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Nobuhiro Matsuda’s three-run, seventh-inning home run broke up a tie game as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came from behind to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Lee Dae-ho went 4-for-4 with a walk and a second-inning homer for the ...

Two-time Sawamura Award winner Takahashi dies at 69

Jul 15, 2015

Two-time Sawamura Award winner Takahashi dies at 69

Kazumi Takahashi, a left-hander who won two Sawamura Awards for the Yomiuri Giants during their run of nine straight Japan Series championship seasons, has died of multiple organ failure, informed sources said Wednesday. He was 69. Takahashi, who had a career record of 167-132 ...

BayStars storm past Giants with seven-run fifth

Jul 14, 2015

BayStars storm past Giants with seven-run fifth

The Yokohama BayStars turned the game around on its head with seven runs in the fifth inning as they beat the Yomiuri Giants 10-3 on Tuesday. Yokohama erased a three-run deficit in the fourth and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo knocked out Toshiya Sugiuchi (6-5) in the ...

Kuroda aims for All-Star return

Jul 14, 2015

Kuroda aims for All-Star return

Hiroshima Carp right-hander Hiroki Kuroda looks set to return during the upcoming All-Star series after throwing his first bullpen session Tuesday since being deactivated due to right shoulder and ankle inflammation. “I want to get my body ready for the All-Star games, get a ...

Jul 13, 2015

Dragons acquire veteran pitchers Naylor, Perez

The Chunichi Dragons on Monday announced the signings of pitchers Drew Naylor and Rafael Perez for the remainder of the season. Naylor, a 29-year-old Australian, was 4-1 with two saves this year for the Kagawa Olive Guyners in the Shikoku Island League Plus. The ...

Mendoza tames Lions

Jul 12, 2015

Mendoza tames Lions

Luis Mendoza held the Seibu Lions to three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters won their fourth straight game with a 10-0 victory Sunday. Mendoza (5-4) fanned seven and allowed two walks to win his third straight start for ...

Murton advises Lions' Akiyama to forget record

Jul 11, 2015

Murton advises Lions' Akiyama to forget record

The Hanshin Tigers’ Matt Murton, holder of Japan’s single-season hit record, had some words of advice on Friday for the Seibu Lions’ Shogo Akiyama, who is in hot pursuit of his record. “Obviously he (Akiyama) has had a tremendous season so far,” Murton told ...