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Apr 26, 2016

Eagles' Gomes returns to U.S. for family issues

First-year import Jonny Gomes has returned to the United States to attend to his family’s needs, the Pacific League’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Tuesday. Gomes was deactivated on Friday and no timetable has been announced for his return. The 35-year-old was batting .169 ...

Apr 26, 2016

Tokyo 2020 chiefs discuss Jingu Stadium use with officials

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee on Tuesday met for the first time with relevant authorities of Jingu Stadium to discuss the six-month closure of Japan’s second-oldest pro baseball stadium. Olympic organizers met with Meiji Jingu Gaien, which manages the roofless ballpark in Tokyo’s ...

Hawks top union's annual payroll ranking for first time

Apr 25, 2016

Hawks top union's annual payroll ranking for first time

An annual survey has ranked the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ payroll as the highest in Japan for the first time, the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association said Monday. According to the union, which has conducted the survey since 1988, the average salary of union members ...

Carp hurler Kuroda maintains mastery of Tigers

Apr 23, 2016

Carp hurler Kuroda maintains mastery of Tigers

Hiroki Kuroda threw seven scoreless innings and the Hiroshima Carp bullpen barely held on in a 3-2 Central League win on Saturday over the Hanshin Tigers. Before 31,748 at Mazda Stadium, Kuroda (3-1) allowed four hits but no walks over seven innings, while striking ...

Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Apr 22, 2016

Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Giants closer Hirokazu Sawamura gave up ninth-inning game-tying solo home run as Yomiuri played to a 1-1, 12-inning tie against the Yokohama BayStars in the Central League on Friday. Yokohama pinch hitter Tomo Otosaka led off the ninth with a homer to prevent Yomiuri ...

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Apr 21, 2016

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Daikan Yoh hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters edged the Seibu Lions 4-3 in the Pacific League on Thursday. Yoh, who made his first start since April 9 following a left-ankle injury, as a designated ...

Surging Hawks extend winning streak to eight

Apr 20, 2016

Surging Hawks extend winning streak to eight

Tsuyoshi Wada threw his first shutout since his return from the major leagues as the defending Pacific League champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-0 on Wednesday to extend their winning run to eight. Former Chicago Cubs southpaw Wada (2-1), who ...

Apr 20, 2016

Tateyama sidelined after elbow surgery

Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama is likely to miss the first half of the season after undergoing right elbow surgery on Wednesday, the Central League club said. Tateyama, who returned from his third Tommy John surgery last June, is out for six weeks ...

Apr 20, 2016

Matsuzaka struggles in outing on farm

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control and allowed two runs in two innings on Wednesday for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Western League farm team against the Chunichi Dragons. Matsuzaka, on his way back from the right shoulder surgery he had in August, came away ...