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Mar 20, 2015

Kaneko won't start Opening Day for Buffaloes

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko has been ruled out as the Pacific League club’s Opening Day starter, manager Hiroshi Moriwaki said Friday. “He won’t pitch on March 27,” Moriwaki said of the right-hander who swept the postseason awards last year but had offseason surgery ...

Mar 19, 2015

Slugger Eldred undergoes knee surgery

Brad Eldred, whose 37 home runs last year led the Central League, has had surgery on his right knee, the Hiroshima Carp announced Thursday. The 34-year-old Eldred underwent a procedure in the United States on Monday to repair damage to the medial meniscus in ...

Mar 18, 2015

Matsuzaka diagnosed with influenza

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s road back to stardom in Japan hit a bump on Wednesday, when the former big leaguer was diagnosed with influenza that may push back the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander’s first regular season start. The 34-year-old Matsuzaka, who is making a comeback in ...

Mar 17, 2015

Eagles hurler Norimoto named Opening Day starter

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Takahiro Norimoto will pitch his team’s Opening Day, manager Hiromoto Okubo said Tuesday. Norimoto, 24, will be the starting pitcher for the third straight year since his rookie season. He is only the second player since the start of ...

Mar 10, 2015

Eagles' Mickolio sidelined with disk hernia

Right-hander Kam Mickolio, who was expected to take over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ closer role this year, has been diagnosed with a disk hernia that will require at least three months to heal, the team said Tuesday. The 205-cm Mickolio had complained of ...

Kokubo urges Samurai Japan to pay fitting tribute

Mar 9, 2015

Kokubo urges Samurai Japan to pay fitting tribute

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said Monday that this week’s games against Europe are important for both his players and as a reminder of the disaster that struck the Tohoku region four years ago. “It’s only March, but this autumn we’re going to have ...

Kuroda makes dominating spring debut

Mar 8, 2015

Kuroda makes dominating spring debut

Hiroki Kuroda was back on the mound in Hiroshima for the first time in eight years on Sunday, when he retired all 13 batters he faced in a 1-0 exhibition win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. “From the standpoint of results, it was a ...

Mar 8, 2015

Kuroda makes triumphant return

Hiroki Kuroda was back on the mound in Hiroshima for the first time in eight years on Sunday, when he retired all 13 batters he faced in a 1-0 exhibition win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. “From the standpoint of results, it was a ...