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Buffaloes sticking together during pennant race

Aug 13, 2014

Buffaloes sticking together during pennant race

The Orix Buffaloes are in their first Pacific League pennant race in six seasons and thoroughly enjoying the experience. After their entire weekend series against the last-place Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles was washed out, the Buffaloes entered Wednesday’s game against the Seibu Lions trailing ...

Aug 12, 2014

Messenger leads charge as Tigers hold off Giants

Despite some thorns, the story kept getting rosier for Hanshin Tigers right-hander Randy Messenger. Messenger played heroic offense and daredevil defense, leading the way over six innings as the Hanshin Tigers started a three-game series with a 4-3 win over the Central League front-running ...

Aug 11, 2014

NPB reduces interleague schedule

Nippon Professional Baseball’s Central and Pacific leagues agreed Monday to switch to an 18-game interleague format next season. The representatives for NPB’s 12 teams adopted the change from 24 games to 18 as the Pacific League clubs gave in to the Central League demands ...

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

Aug 9, 2014

Ishikawa perseveres with Swallows

by Jason Coskrey

On a somewhat muggy Friday night in Yokohama, Masanori Ishikawa strode to the center of the diamond at Yokohama Stadium, bent down and bounced the rosin bag around in his hand a few times — seemingly every pitch later that night was accompanied by ...

Giants beat Dragons to end losing streak

Aug 8, 2014

Giants beat Dragons to end losing streak

Chris Seddon returned from minor league exile on Friday evening and threw 5⅓ sharp innings for the Yomiuri Giants, who beat the Chunichi Dragons 6-3 to snap a four-game losing streak. With good command of his fastball and changeup, Seddon (3-3) held the Dragons ...

NPB announces  monthly MVP winners

Aug 8, 2014

NPB announces monthly MVP winners

Hanshin Tigers left-hander Minoru Iwata and Chunichi Dragons veteran outfielder Kazuhiro Wada won the July MVP awards for pitchers and position players, alike, in the Central League on Friday. At 42 years, 1 month, Wada became the oldest to claim the award in either ...

Miura tosses complete-game victory against Giants

Aug 7, 2014

Miura tosses complete-game victory against Giants

Daisuke Miura allowed a run over the distance to earn his third straight win as the Yokohama BayStars stomped the Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants 10-1 on Thursday. The BayStars, who finished last in the CL in five of the last six seasons, swept a ...

Solid pitching, 15-hit attack carry BayStars past Giants

Aug 6, 2014

Solid pitching, 15-hit attack carry BayStars past Giants

Right-hander Shun Yamaguchi held Central League-leading Yomiuri Giants to an unearned run over six innings, and veteran Hitoshi Tamura hit a two-run homer on Wednesday as the Yokohama BayStars beat the Giants 6-2. Yamaguchi (4-3), the BayStars former closer, allowed four hits and a ...

Standridge guides Hawks past Lions

Aug 5, 2014

Standridge guides Hawks past Lions

Jason Standridge kept the damage under control, pitching two-run ball over seven effective innings, Seiichi Uchikawa and Yuki Yanagita drove in five runs between them, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks routed the Seibu Lions 11-3 on Tuesday night. The Pacific League frontrunner, which triumphed ...