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Giants' Taguchi tosses first shutout of career

Aug 3, 2016

Giants' Taguchi tosses first shutout of career

Kazuto Taguchi threw a two-hitter for his first career shutout on Wednesday as the Yomiuri Giants eased to a 5-0 win over the Chunichi Dragons, extending their winning streak to five. Taguchi (7-6), who has won four straight decisions, held the Dragons to two ...

Hawks' Takeda collects 11th victory of season

Aug 2, 2016

Hawks' Takeda collects 11th victory of season

Shota Takeda allowed two runs in eight innings as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 6-2 on Tuesday. Takeda (11-4) gave up four hits, while striking out seven and walking one. Lefty Masahiko Morifuku and right-hander Robert Suarez worked the ...

Nakata helps Fighters whittle Hawks' lead

Jul 31, 2016

Nakata helps Fighters whittle Hawks' lead

Sho Nakata hit a tie-breaking double to help the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters move within three games of the Pacific-League lead as they beat the front-running Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 6-3 on Sunday. With the game tied 3-3 in the sixth with one out and ...

Giants clober CL rival Swallows

Jul 30, 2016

Giants clober CL rival Swallows

Kan Otake threw seven shutout innings as the Yomiuri Giants walloped the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9-0 in the Central League on Saturday. Otake (3-1) held Yakult to four hits and three walks, while striking out five in a 132-pitch outing, making the most of ...

Jul 30, 2016

Swallows' Hatakeyama done for season

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, who led the Central League in RBIs last season, will spend the rest of this season rehabilitating, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows announced Saturday. The 33-year-old first baseman, who reached career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (105) to help propel the ...

Jul 29, 2016

Eagles release struggling pitcher Ray

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Friday they have terminated right-hander Kenny Ray’s contract and placed him on waivers. The 41-year-old was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in four starts this season in his third year with the Pacific League club. Ray was 0-1 ...

Wheeler goes deep as Eagles pound Hawks

Jul 27, 2016

Wheeler goes deep as Eagles pound Hawks

Zelous Wheeler celebrated a big day for his family with two hits and three RBIs to help carry the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 6-2 win over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Wednesday evening. Wheeler’s 19th home run of the season, a two-run ...