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JAPANESE BASEBALL

2015 Japanese Baseball Preview
By JASON COSKREY

Apr 19, 2015

Fox hires Rose as studio analyst

Pete Rose is getting back in baseball while he awaits a ruling on his reinstatement request — as a television analyst. The career hits leader, who agreed to a lifetime ban from the sport 26 years ago, has been hired by Fox as a ...

Tanaka excels against Rays

Apr 19, 2015

Tanaka excels against Rays

Faced with questions about his elbow and his velocity this season, Masahiro Tanaka put together his best performance against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tanaka allowed two hits over seven innings, Chris Young hit a grand slam and the New York Yankees routed the Rays ...

Apr 18, 2015

Abe deactivated with strained thigh

Yomiuri Giants catcher Shinnosuke Abe was deactivated with a strain in his left thigh, the Central League club announced Saturday. Abe, 36, was diagnosed with pulled muscles in the biceps behind his left thigh. The Giants’ former captain was registered as a position player ...

Marines' Rhee keeps Hawks in check

Apr 18, 2015

Marines' Rhee keeps Hawks in check

Rhee Dae-eun scattered eight hits over seven scoreless innings, Takashi Ogino and Luis Cruz drove in five runs between them, and the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a 9-0 whitewash on Saturday afternoon. Toshiaki Imae opened the scoring with a ...

Bryant fizzles out in anticipated debut

Apr 18, 2015

Bryant fizzles out in anticipated debut

Kris Bryant absorbed the sights and smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. He cherished playing in front of 30,000 charged-up fans. He appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut. Only two things were missing — a ...

Ogawa does it all as Swallows beat BayStars

Apr 17, 2015

Ogawa does it all as Swallows beat BayStars

Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning to earn the win as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Yokohama BayStars 3-1 on Friday night. On a rainy night at Jingu Stadium, Ogawa (2-0) didn’t allow a base runner until after ...

Mets continue hot start with hard-fought win over Marlins

Apr 17, 2015

Mets continue hot start with hard-fought win over Marlins

To a man, Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer and the rest of the New York Mets quickly point out they’ve played just 10 games in April. Still, for a team with tremendous expectations after a long run of losing, they’re off to a fast ...

Buffaloes rally past Hawks

Apr 16, 2015

Buffaloes rally past Hawks

Daiki Tomei allowed two runs over eight innings and the Orix Buffaloes came from behind to beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6-3 on Thursday and win for the first time since April 7. Trailing 2-1 after Softbank solo homers from Yuki Yanagita and Nobuhiro ...

Twins hand K.C. first loss

Apr 16, 2015

Twins hand K.C. first loss

The Kansas City Royals were rolling through the start of the season, still undefeated when they took the field Wednesday at Minnesota. Well, Kyle Gibson hadn’t lost either, at least not against the Royals in his young career. Kansas City became the last team ...