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Lions spoil Hawks' party

Sep 7, 2014

Lions spoil Hawks' party

Ernesto Mejia hit his league-leading 30th home run in a 3-for-4 outing in support of Ryoma Nogami, who yielded three runs over strong seven innings in the Seibu Lions’ 6-3 win over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Sunday afternoon. A day after Softbank booked ...

Giants down Maeda, Carp

Sep 3, 2014

Giants down Maeda, Carp

Hisayoshi Chono hit a two-run home run to highlight a four-run uprising during a sudden lapse for Kenta Maeda in the fifth inning and the Yomiuri Giants beat the Hiroshima Carp 4-2 on Wednesday night. Central League-leading Yomiuri came from behind to beat second-place ...

Fan-favorite Inaba jumping into sunset

| Sep 3, 2014

Fan-favorite Inaba jumping into sunset

by Jason Coskrey

Atsunori Inaba may have been Japan’s most popular player among foreign fans during the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The quadrennial competition doesn’t just bring 16 nations together, it allows the baseball cultures of various nations to come together. Prominent among these is Japan’s ouendan. ...

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Sep 2, 2014

Sakamoto blast sparks Giants against Carp

Toshiya Sugiuchi pitched five innings of two-run ball, Hayato Sakamoto hit a three-run homer and the Yomiuri Giants routed the Hiroshima Carp 9-4 to get off to a flying start in the series opener on Tuesday night. The Central League leaders, who are 8-9 ...

Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Sep 2, 2014

Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters infielder Atsunori Inaba said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the 2014 season, bringing an end to an illustrious 20-year career. “I decided to put everything on the line for one year, but the condition of my knee ...

Ishihara's clutch single lifts Carp past Dragons

Aug 31, 2014

Ishihara's clutch single lifts Carp past Dragons

Substitute catcher Yoshiyuki Ishihara delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning and added insurance in the eighth as the Hiroshima Carp downed the Chunichi Dragons 6-4 on Sunday afternoon in Nagoya. The Carp won their third in a row and returned to ...

Carp hurler Heath collects first victory in Japan

Aug 31, 2014

Carp hurler Heath collects first victory in Japan

Deunte Heath threw 6-1/3 scoreless innings and Eishin Soyogi drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Chunichi Dragons 2-0 on Saturday afternoon. Heath (1-0), making his second start since joining the Carp from the Chicago White Sox ...