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Jul 8, 2016

Rakuten to acquire outfielder Peguero

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have reached an agreement in principle to sign outfielder Carlos Peguero, a source close to the matter said Friday. Peguero, currently with St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A team in Memphis, has hit 179 home runs in the minors along with ...

Dragons beat Carp to deny Kuroda win No. 200

Jul 6, 2016

Dragons beat Carp to deny Kuroda win No. 200

Ryosuke Hirata broke a 1-1 tie with a sixth-inning RBI double as the Chunichi Dragons prevented Hiroki Kuroda from recording his 200th career victory in top-flight pro ball with a 4-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp in the Central League on Wednesday. “We didn’t ...

Jul 6, 2016

Tamura garners first monthly MVP honor

Chiba Lotte Marines catcher Tatsuhiro Tamura was named the Pacific League’s position player of the month for June on Wednesday, when Nippon Professional Baseball’s monthly honor roll was announced. The 22-year-old Tamura joins Tetsuto Yamada of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, who won his fifth ...

Carp go from disappointing to dominating

Jul 6, 2016

Carp go from disappointing to dominating

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A year after nearly everyone picked the Hiroshima Carp to win their first Central League pennant since 1991, that elusive goal is now firmly on the agenda of the men in red. Hiroshima’s offense had scored 383 runs going into Wednesday’s games, more than ...

Jul 4, 2016

Kudo calls in Marines for All-Star Series

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo has made sure Pacific League rival Chiba Lotte will be well represented in next week’s All-Star Series by naming seven Marines players to the 28-man PL all-star squad. The final roster picks by PL skipper Kudo and Central ...

Otani homers as Fighters complete sweep of Hawks

Jul 3, 2016

Otani homers as Fighters complete sweep of Hawks

Ace pitcher Shohei Otani gave himself a first-inning lead with a leadoff homer and made it stand up for eight innings on Sunday to lead the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to their 10th straight victory, a 2-0 win over the Pacific League champion Fukuoka ...

BayStars outplay Carp in scorching heat

Jul 2, 2016

BayStars outplay Carp in scorching heat

Kenta Ishida got an early hook but a strong all-around effort on a hot day at Yokohama Stadium saw the Yokohama BayStars rally from a run down to beat the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp on Saturday. Ishida (6-3) allowed a run in 5-2/3 innings, ...