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Nov 7, 2014

Pacific League releases 2015 schedule

The Japan Series champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks will open their 2015 season at home on March 27, according to the Pacific League, which announced the dates and venues for next season on Friday. With both leagues opening on the same day, the Hawks will ...

Nov 6, 2014

Central League releases 2015 schedule

The Central League announced the dates and venues for its 2015 season on Thursday as teams in both leagues shift from a 144-game season to 143. In opening matchups determined by the order of finish from the 2013 season, the three-time defending champion Yomiuri ...

Nov 6, 2014

Buffaloes earn NPB-best four Golden Gloves

The Orix Buffaloes, who lost the tightest of pennant races this year to the Pacific League champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, were second to none Thursday, when this year’s Golden Glove Award were announced. The Buffaloes led all 12 Nippon Professional Baseball clubs with four ...

Nov 6, 2014

Shortstop Obiki becomes free agent

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters shortstop Keiji Obiki announced Thursday that he will test the waters of the free agent market this offseason. Speaking to a press conference at the Fighters’ minor league facility in Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture, the 30-year-old said, “When I think of ...

Nov 4, 2014

Tigers to pursue Nakajima: team president

Hansin Tigers president Nobuo Minami said Tuesday the Central League club is aiming to acquire the services of free agent Hiroyuki Nakajima. “(As a team) we are united and will go all out to achieve this purpose,” Minami said of the former Seibu Lions ...

Nov 4, 2014

Tigers release first baseman Arai

Former Central League home run king Takahiro Arai was granted his release by the Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday. The 37-year-old Arai, whose three-year contract expires this year, hit just .244 with three home runs and 31 RBIs this season for the Tigers, who lost ...

Nov 2, 2014

Player-manager Tanishige re-signs

Chunichi Dragons player-manager Motonobu Tanishige took a pay cut of ¥40 million after re-signing with the Central League club on Saturday. In his first year in dual roles, Tanishige’s Dragons finished in the bottom half of the standings. The 43-year-old skipper, who was limited ...

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

Nov 1, 2014

Longtime pitching star Kudo named new Hawks manager

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks unveiled new manager Kimiyasu Kudo Saturday after signing the former pitcher to a three-year contract. Kudo, 51, promised to do his utmost to continue leading the team at the same high level after the Pacific League champions won their sixth ...