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Hawks climb into first place with win over Lions

May 17, 2015

Hawks climb into first place with win over Lions

Jason Standridge threw seven scoreless innings on Sunday as the reigning champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks took over first place for the first time this season with a 4-1 win over the Seibu Lions. Standridge (5-2) allowed five singles and three walks, while striking out ...

Botched call serves as wakeup call for NPB umps

May 17, 2015

Botched call serves as wakeup call for NPB umps

The bizarre ending of a recent game between the Central League’s Hiroshima Carp and Yomiuri Giants was a wakeup call for umpires, according to participants and veteran umpires. The Carp beat the Giants 3-2 on May 4 at Mazda Stadium because of an umpire’s ...

Baldiris' homer sends BayStars past Carp

May 15, 2015

Baldiris' homer sends BayStars past Carp

Aarom Baldiris hit a two-run home run that put the Central League-leading Yokohama BayStars in front for good in a wild 6-5 win over the Hiroshima Carp. The BayStars overturned a three-run deficit against veteran Hiroki Kuroda with a run in the fourth and ...

Hermida strokes two-run triple to lift Fighters

May 14, 2015

Hermida strokes two-run triple to lift Fighters

Jeremy Hermida unlocked a scoreless pitchers’ duel with a two-run triple to help teammate Shohei Otani to his sixth win of the season as Hokkaido Nippon Ham defeated the Seibu Lions 2-1 on Thursday. With two on and two out in the eighth, Hermida ...

Seguignol grows into role as scout for Giants

May 14, 2015

Seguignol grows into role as scout for Giants

It seems like the only time Yomiuri Giants scout Fernando Seguignol looks back is when it’s to count his blessings. Seguignol played eight seasons in Japan and the baseball culture left an indelible mark on the Panamanian switch hitter. Now in his fourth year ...

Otake makes strong return to Giants

May 13, 2015

Otake makes strong return to Giants

Kan Otake produced an impressive — if long-delayed — second effort on Wednesday, throwing seven innings for the Yomiuri Giants in a 1-0 win over the Hiroshima Carp. After spending most of the spring working to regain his form in the minors, Otake (1-1) ...