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Oct 9, 2014

Tigers to ask Wada to return for '15

Hanshin Tigers owner Shinya Sakai will ask Yutaka Wada to stay on as manager of the Central League club, sources said Thursday. Wada, who guided the Tigers to second place in the CL and secured home advantage against the Hiroshima Carp in the first ...

Oct 8, 2014

Lions to sign Mejia for next season

The Seibu Lions on Wednesday announced that outfielder Ernesto Mejia will remain with the Pacific League club next season, with a contract to be finalized at a later date. “It is an honor that I can be cheered on again by the fans as ...

Oct 8, 2014

Swallows name Manaka manager

The Central League’s Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Wednesday named chief batting coach Mitsuru Manaka as the club’s new manager. Manaka, who managed the Swallows’ farm club to an Eastern League pennant last season, takes over on a three-year deal after Junji Ogawa resigned at ...

Oct 7, 2014

Carp's Rosario earns monthly MVP

The Hiroshima Carp’s command of this year’s Central League’s Player of the Month Awards continued on Tuesday, when Rainel Rosario was named the winner for September. Right-handed starter Shun Yamaguchi of the Yokohama BayStars was the CL’s pitcher of the month, while the Pacific ...

Carp fail to secure second place

Oct 6, 2014

Carp fail to secure second place

Right-hander Kenta Maeda allowed three runs in eight innings in what could turn out to be his final home game for the Hiroshima Carp, who were consigned to third place on Monday in a 4-1 loss to the Central League-champion Yomiuri Giants. The game ...

Fighters send Inaba out with win

Oct 5, 2014

Fighters send Inaba out with win

The Nippon Ham Fighters feted retiring star Atsunori Inaba on Sunday and capped it off with a 1-0 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Double-duty right-hander Shohei Otani worked two innings in the start of an otherwise meaningless game for the Fighters and ...

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Oct 4, 2014

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Three pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6-0 on Saturday. Takahiro Matsuba (8-1) worked six scoreless innings despite walking eight batters and allowing three hits to earn the win for the Buffaloes, who have ...