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Apr 8, 2014

Whiting book gets digital release

Best-selling author Robert Whiting‘s first book on Japanese baseball, “The Chrysanthemum and the Bat,” has been released in digital form for the first time. Originally published in 1977, the tome chronicles baseball’s post-war development in Japan and how American and Japanese value systems sometimes ...

Buffaloes extend winning streak to six games

Apr 6, 2014

Buffaloes extend winning streak to six games

Yoshio Itoi broke open a scoreless game with a solo homer in a three-run fourth-inning and the Orix Buffaloes held on to beat the Seibu Lions 3-2 for their sixth straight win on Sunday. Before 30,997 at Kyocera Dome, the Pacific League-leading Buffaloes were ...

Dickson pitches Buffaloes to fifth straight win

Apr 5, 2014

Dickson pitches Buffaloes to fifth straight win

Brandon Dickson allowed a run in seven innings a week after his first shutout in Japan as the Pacific League-leading Orix Buffaloes won their fifth straight Saturday, beating the Seibu Lions 4-1. Dickson, who pitched out of trouble in the first two innings, improved ...

Buffaloes' Kaneko fans 14 batters in two-hit shutout

Apr 4, 2014

Buffaloes' Kaneko fans 14 batters in two-hit shutout

Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko threw a two-hit shutout as the Buffaloes won their home opener and their fourth straight game on Friday, beating the Seibu Lions 3-0. Pitching aggressively, Kaneko struck out 14, while hitting one batter and walking none in a 120-pitch effort. ...

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Apr 3, 2014

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Wily Mo Pena hit his fifth home run of the young season and Kei Igawa pitched five scoreless innings as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-1 on Thursday to complete a three-game road sweep. Igawa (1-0) allowed two hits and ...

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Apr 2, 2014

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Marquee Tohoku Rakuten rookie Yuki Matsui got a rude welcome in his first official game Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Eagles took a 7-1 thumping against the Orix Buffaloes. Matsui (0-1), who turned pro out of high school after being ...

Giants slugger Lopez belts winning HR in 10th

Apr 1, 2014

Giants slugger Lopez belts winning HR in 10th

Jose Lopez continued his spring power surge with a 10th-inning solo homer as the Yomiuri Giants spoiled the Yokohama BayStars’ home opener on Tuesday with a 2-1, 10-inning victory at Yokohama Stadium. The homer was Lopez’s third of the new season and gave him ...