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Jul 2, 2015

Giants pinch runner Suzuki named to CL All-Star squad

In a series that is ostensibly about the best and most popular players in Nippon Professional Baseball, Central League manager Tatsunori Hara pulled an unusual move on Thursday, naming pinch runner Takahiro Suzuki to his squad. While fans have occasionally voted popular players to ...

Hawks beat Lions to strengthen PL lead

Jun 29, 2015

Hawks beat Lions to strengthen PL lead

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks stretched their lead over the Pacific League with a 3-1 win against the Seibu Lions on Monday at Tokyo Dome. Right-hander Shota Takeda (7-2) allowed one run on four hits in six innings to win his fifth straight start and ...

Ramirez happy to be back in NPB

Jun 28, 2015

Ramirez happy to be back in NPB

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Alex Ramirez had an eventful first gameday on the job. The new roving advisor to the Orix Buffaloes spent most of batting practice on Saturday giving instruction to many of the Orix hitters, including Yoshio Itoi and Takahiro Okada. Later, he high-fived a few ...

Jun 27, 2015

BayStars acquire veteran pitcher Below

The Yokohama BayStars on Saturday announced the signing of American southpaw Duane Below from the New York Mets organization. The 29-year-old was 4-3 this year for Triple-A Las Vegas with a 2.19 ERA in 49-1/3 innings. He started five of his 11 games. The ...

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Jun 26, 2015

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Seibu Lions ace Takayuki Kishi allowed two run in six innings to earn his first win of the season as his teammates bombarded the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 12-4 win on Friday. The Lions pounded out 19 hits, including four home runs, ...

Jun 26, 2015

Pitchers Kuroda, Otani picked in All-Star fan balloting

Hiroki Kuroda, who returned to Hiroshima this year after seven impressive big league seasons, was voted onto the Central League All-Star team though the fans ballot, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Friday. The 40-year-old Carp veteran is 6-2 this season with a 2.72 ERA. He ...

Matsuda sparks Hawks in comeback win over Lions

Jun 25, 2015

Matsuda sparks Hawks in comeback win over Lions

Nobuhiro Matsuda drove in three runs, including the seventh-inning tiebreaker, as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pulled away to beat the Seibu Lions 9-6 on Thursday. The Hawks took the lead three times only to see Seibu tie it. With the game knotted ...