Otani, Fighters shut down Hawks in Game 1

Oct 12, 2016

Otani, Fighters shut down Hawks in Game 1

Shohei Otani threw seven scoreless innings to lead the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 6-0 win over the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage on Wednesday. Before 36,633 at Sapporo Dome, Otani allowed one hit, ...

Hawks rally past Marines to wrap up series

Oct 9, 2016

Hawks rally past Marines to wrap up series

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks came from behind for the second straight day Sunday to defeat the Chiba Lotte Marines 4-1 and win the best-of-three first stage of the Pacific League Climax Series. The Hawks, who finished in second place in the PL this season, ...

Matsuzaka flops in long-awaited Hawks debut

Oct 2, 2016

Matsuzaka flops in long-awaited Hawks debut

Daisuke Matsuzaka auditioned for a spot in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ postseason but flubbed his lines in 7-0 loss to the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Sunday. Pitching in a first-team game in Japan for the first time since 2006, the former major leaguer ...

Oct 1, 2016

Matsuzaka slated to pitch in finale

Daisuke Matsuzaka has been penciled in to pitch in the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ final game of the regular season on Sunday. “I’ve heard his condition is improving. I’d like to give him a chance of an inning or two (in relief),” Hawks skipper Kimiyasu ...