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Kuroda aims for All-Star return

Jul 14, 2015

Kuroda aims for All-Star return

Hiroshima Carp right-hander Hiroki Kuroda looks set to return during the upcoming All-Star series after throwing his first bullpen session Tuesday since being deactivated due to right shoulder and ankle inflammation. “I want to get my body ready for the All-Star games, get a ...

Jul 13, 2015

Dragons acquire veteran pitchers Naylor, Perez

The Chunichi Dragons on Monday announced the signings of pitchers Drew Naylor and Rafael Perez for the remainder of the season. Naylor, a 29-year-old Australian, was 4-1 with two saves this year for the Kagawa Olive Guyners in the Shikoku Island League Plus. The ...

Mendoza tames Lions

Jul 12, 2015

Mendoza tames Lions

Luis Mendoza held the Seibu Lions to three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters won their fourth straight game with a 10-0 victory Sunday. Mendoza (5-4) fanned seven and allowed two walks to win his third straight start for ...

Murton advises Lions' Akiyama to forget record

Jul 11, 2015

Murton advises Lions' Akiyama to forget record

The Hanshin Tigers’ Matt Murton, holder of Japan’s single-season hit record, had some words of advice on Friday for the Seibu Lions’ Shogo Akiyama, who is in hot pursuit of his record. “Obviously he (Akiyama) has had a tremendous season so far,” Murton told ...

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Jul 10, 2015

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Shohei Otani became the first pitcher to 10 wins this season after pitching eight shutout innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Seibu Lions 1-0 on Friday. Lions ace Takayuki Kishi (1-2) pitched six perfect innings in a duel against pitcher-cum-slugger Otani ...

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Jul 9, 2015

Hawks hurler van den Hurk keeps win streak intact

Rick van den Hurk pitched six shutout innings and claimed his third straight win as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 4-1 on Thursday. The Dutch right-hander allowed two hits for the Pacific League leaders, effectively mixing his fastball with ...

Sugiuchi ends drought as Giants beat Swallows

Jul 8, 2015

Sugiuchi ends drought as Giants beat Swallows

Toshiya Sugiuchi allowed two runs in 7⅓ innings to help the Yomiuri Giants move a game clear at the top of the Central League standings as they beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-4 on Wednesday. Sugiuchi (6-4) gave up six hits, while walking two ...

Carp deactivate Kuroda due to inflammation

Jul 8, 2015

Carp deactivate Kuroda due to inflammation

Hiroki Kuroda, who was voted onto this year’s Central League All-Star roster, was deactivated on Wednesday due to mild inflammation in his right shoulder and right ankle. The 40-year-old Kuroda will miss his next start but is expected to be ready for the All ...