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 ...

Fighters star Otani earns first win since July 3

Sep 21, 2016

Fighters star Otani earns first win since July 3

Shohei Otani tossed eight solid innings and Brandon Laird hit a two-run home run Wednesday to help the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters edge Fukuoka SoftBank 2-1 and overtake the Hawks again at the top of the Pacific League standings. Otani (9-4) gave up one ...