Aug 28, 2016

Matsuzaka makes rehab start for Hawks' farm team

Former big leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka threw three scoreless innings in a rehab start for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ third team on Sunday. The 35-year-old, who returned to Japan last season after eight years in the big leagues with the Boston Red Sox and New ...

Former Red Sox reliever Okajima retires

Jul 18, 2016

Former Red Sox reliever Okajima retires

Former Boston reliever Hideki Okajima called it a career on Monday and will throw out the ceremonial opening pitch for the Red Sox against the New York Yankees on Aug. 11. Okajima, 40, had an invitation to spring training on a minor league contract ...

Apr 20, 2016

Matsuzaka struggles in outing on farm

Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled with his control and allowed two runs in two innings on Wednesday for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ Western League farm team against the Chunichi Dragons. Matsuzaka, on his way back from the right shoulder surgery he had in August, came away ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pain-free Matsuzaka tosses 100-pitch session at camp

Feb 13, 2016

Pain-free Matsuzaka tosses 100-pitch session at camp

A year after his Nippon Professional Baseball comeback season consisted of two minor league innings, Daisuke Matsuzaka picked up the pace in camp on Saturday. Throwing his first bullpen in three days, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander aired it out in a 100-pitch session, ...

Aug 18, 2015

Injured pitchers Matsuzaka, Otonari done for season

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kenji Otonari will be lost for the rest of the season, the club said Tuesday. Matsuzaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder and will begin rehabilitation after being discharged. He is expected to need six months ...