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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) ...

May 11, 2015

Tigers deactivate slumping Messenger

Hanshin Tigers slumping right-hander Randy Messenger was removed from the active roster on Monday, Hanshin manager Yutaka Wada confirmed. Messenger, 33, who led the Central League with 13 wins (10 defeats), and also had the most strikeouts (226), last season, has hit a rough ...

Five-run first sparks Marines in rout of Lions

May 10, 2015

Five-run first sparks Marines in rout of Lions

Yuta Omine escaped a first-inning jam to go eight innings and earn the win as the Chiba Lotte Marines routed the Seibu Lions 11-1 on Sunday afternoon. Omine (2-1) allowed a run on four hits, four walks and a hit batsman, while striking out ...

Furuya, Tamura help Marines cage Lions

May 9, 2015

Furuya, Tamura help Marines cage Lions

by Dave Hueston

Takuya Furuya just got the job done with five innings of two-run ball and catcher Tatsuhiro Tamura hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before providing an encore with a two-run single as the Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the Seibu Lions 10-2 on Saturday afternoon. Backed ...

Focused Lions defying predictions of doom

May 9, 2015

Focused Lions defying predictions of doom

Without ace pitcher Takayuki Kishi, few gave the Seibu Lions much of a chance this year, their first full campaign under skipper Norio Tanabe. Yet, Seibu has so far defied predictions of failure and enter Sunday’s game at QVC Marine Field atop the Pacific ...

Giants rookie Takagi winning by keeping things simple

May 9, 2015

Giants rookie Takagi winning by keeping things simple

Rookie right-hander Hayato Takagi, who is 5-0 and won the Central League season’s first pitcher of the month award Friday, is making the transition from corporate league standout to pro starter look easier than it’s supposed to be. The 25-year-old Takagi, the Giants’ third-round ...

Nomura pitches Carp to sweep against Giants

May 6, 2015

Nomura pitches Carp to sweep against Giants

Yusuke Nomura allowed a run in seven innings as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Yomiuri Giants 4-1 on Wednesday. Nomura (2-2) allowed five hits and struck out eight without issuing a walk to outduel Giants starter Tomoyuki Sugano (3-4). Sugano’s poor command was exacerbated ...