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 ...

Sep 29, 2016

Hawks' Wada doubtful for Climax Series first stage

Deactivated Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks lefty Tsuyoshi Wada said Thursday he is unlikely to pitch in the Pacific League’s Climax Series first stage from Oct. 8. Wada (15-5), who leads the PL in wins, was deactivated last Friday after complaining of left elbow discomfort. The ...

Fighters beat Buffaloes to close in on PL title

Sep 26, 2016

Fighters beat Buffaloes to close in on PL title

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters moved within one win of capturing the Pacific League pennant after a 4-3 win over the Orix Buffaloes in the Pacific League on Monday night. The win was coupled with a defeat for the second-placed Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, who ...

Sep 23, 2016

Hawks deactivate ailing ace Wada

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ bid for a third straight Pacific League pennant took a hit on Friday, when the club deactivated PL wins leader Tsuyoshi Wada due to elbow issues. Wada (15-5), who underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in 2012, is ...

Fighters beat Hawks to set magic number at six

Sep 22, 2016

Fighters beat Hawks to set magic number at six

Sho Nakata hit a two-run homer and Haruki Nishikawa drove in two runs to help Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Fukuoka SoftBank 5-2 on Thursday to remain in first place in the Pacific League. The Fighters, who defeated the Hawks on Wednesday to overtake them ...