Mar 28, 2016

Former Hawks slugger Lee gets big league contract with Mariners

Lee Dae-ho, who hit 98 home runs over four seasons in Nippon Professional Baseball, signed a major league contract with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Lee, who left the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks to join the Mariners on a minor league contract with an invite ...

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 ...

Softbank named top B. League partner

Mar 10, 2016

Softbank named top B. League partner

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The B. League officially revealed on Thursday that Softbank Group Corp. has become the circuit’s top partner, starting with the inaugural 2016-17 season. Japan Basketball Association president Saburo Kawabuchi emphasized that the sport has enormous potential both globally and domestically and the participation of ...

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 ...

Two-time MVP Matsunaka announces retirement

Mar 1, 2016

Two-time MVP Matsunaka announces retirement

Triple Crown winner and two-time Pacific League MVP Nobuhiko Matsunaka announced his retirement on Tuesday. The 42-year-old slugger had been negotiating a tryout arrangement with a few clubs since the end of January, but decided to end his 19-year career when no Central or ...

Lee hoping major gamble pays off with Mariners

Feb 29, 2016

Lee hoping major gamble pays off with Mariners

Lee Dae-ho does not have the typical background of a spring training non-roster invite. The 33-year-old slugger has superstar status in Asia after playing professionally for 15 seasons. He gave up a hefty contract and the chance to win a third straight Japan Series ...