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Jun 10, 2016

Buffaloes' Kaneko out with shoulder ailment

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko has been deactivated due to shoulder pain on Friday, the Pacific League club revealed. According to the team’s public relations section, Kaneko had been pitching with slight pain in the joint. However, his condition worsened during Thursday’s interleague game ...

Fighters squeeze past Carp

Jun 8, 2016

Fighters squeeze past Carp

Rookie right-hander Hirotoshi Takanashi earned a win in his first start of the season as Hokkaido Nippon Ham squeezed in two runs in a 4-2 come-from-behind interleague victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday. Given the chance to start after 23 games in relief, ...

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

Jun 8, 2016

Laird grateful for Fighters' support

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Although the start of his Japan career was truly forgettable, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters third baseman Brandon Laird has not forgotten those who helped him get through it. Laird was named the May winner of the Pacific League’s Player of the Month Award on ...

Fighters ace Otani sets new NPB speed record

Jun 5, 2016

Fighters ace Otani sets new NPB speed record

Slugging ace Shohei Otani hit a record 163 kph on his fastball, extended his hitting streak to 15 games and went the distance for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 6-2 interleague win over the Yomiuri Giants on Sunday. In front of a ...

Wakamatsu goes eight innings as Dragons down Hawks

Jun 1, 2016

Wakamatsu goes eight innings as Dragons down Hawks

Right-hander Shunta Wakamatsu allowed three hits over eight innings to pick up the win as the Chunichi Dragons pulverized the two-time defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 5-0 in interleague play on Wednesday. The Hawks, who have won Nippon Professional Baseball’s annual interleague ...