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Mar 10, 2016

Hawks' Matsuzaka named starter for preseason game

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been penciled in to make his first start in a year for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a preseason game next Wednesday. Matsuzaka will join the first team on Friday and is expected to pitch around four innings against the Seibu ...

Giants pitcher Takagi admits to lying during gambling probe

Mar 9, 2016

Giants pitcher Takagi admits to lying during gambling probe

Yomiuri Giants reliever Kyosuke Takagi confessed on Wednesday to betting on baseball and admitted that he lied during the team’s latest investigation. “I’ve betrayed all the people associated with me since I started playing baseball in elementary school. I’m really sorry,” Takagi said at ...

Mar 9, 2016

Matsuzaka set for preseason start with Hawks

Daisuke Matsuzaka is expected to make his first start with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks’ top team in nearly a year in a preseason match. Hawks pitching coach Shinji Kurano suggested on Wednesday that the 35-year-old Matsuzaka could start during the team’s away trip between ...

Samurai Japan rallies to complete sweep of Taiwan

Mar 6, 2016

Samurai Japan rallies to complete sweep of Taiwan

Samurai Japan completed a sweep of its two-game friendly series with Taiwan, coming from behind to record a 9-3 win on Sunday. The game was close until two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan lit up right-hander Chen Hung-wen in the ninth. With the 2017 ...

Romak adjusting to game in Japan

Mar 5, 2016

Romak adjusting to game in Japan

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Surviving the first few days of spring training is the initial step for most first-year foreign players in their adjustment to life in NPB. Japanese clubs don’t pull many punches during camp early on, and feature a much heavier workload than teams in MLB ...

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Mar 4, 2016

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Yuki Yanagita, who is recovering from offseason elbow surgery, hit two monster home runs for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Friday’s preseason 3-3 tie against the Hanshin Tigers. “I was able to make some good swings. I guess it was good because I got ...