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/ Jun 29, 2017

Fighters sign veteran outfielder Drake

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have signed outfielder Yadir Drake for the rest of the season, the Pacific League club announced Thursday.The 27-year-old Cuban has batted .385 in 71 games in the Mexican League this season. He signed a ¥1.5 million (around $133,000) deal ...

Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters

/ Jun 28, 2017

Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters

Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking, eighth-inning home run, the fourth of the game for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in a 6-5 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Wednesday night.Before 34,708 at Yafuoku Dome, Despaigne got a high 155-kph fastball from closer Chris ...

Eagles salvage tie on Orix miscues

/ Jun 26, 2017

Eagles salvage tie on Orix miscues

Kazuo Matsui delivered off the bench for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, singling in the tying run in the ninth inning, and finishing the game at shortstop in a 4-4, 12-inning tie on Monday night.On a rare Monday night game, a good crowd of ...

Hawks' Yanagita tops fans' All-Star vote

/ Jun 26, 2017

Hawks' Yanagita tops fans' All-Star vote

Yuki Yanagita was named to his fourth Pacific League All-Star team on Monday, when the results of this year’s fan ballot were announced by Nippon Professional Baseball.It is the third time that fans have put the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks center fielder on an All-Star ...

Fighters' Otani may be activated Friday

/ Jun 22, 2017

Fighters' Otani may be activated Friday

Pitcher Shohei Otani, whose season has been derailed by injuries, could be activated prior to Friday’s game against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Wednesday.Otani, who practiced with the Fighters’ first team for the second straight day at Sapporo ...