Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Jun 16, 2015

Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Minoru Iwata went the distance and Tigers catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka drove in five runs in Hanshin’s 11-4 trouncing of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in this season’s interleague finale. The Tigers, who lost their previous two games by a combined score of 26-2 over ...

Buffaloes use 16-hit attack to pummel Tigers

Jun 13, 2015

Buffaloes use 16-hit attack to pummel Tigers

The Orix Buffaloes ran riot in interleague action on Saturday with 16 hits to hammer the Hanshin Tigers 15-1 in the second round of their Kansai Derby. Last season’s Pacific League MVP, Chihiro Kaneko (2-1), pitched seven innings for the Buffaloes, allowing the opening ...

Resurgent Messenger deals Otani first loss

Jun 6, 2015

Resurgent Messenger deals Otani first loss

Randy Messenger, making his second start since returning from the minors, worked eight innings and the Hanshin Tigers beat the Pacific League-leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 in interleague play on Saturday. Messenger (4-5), has now worked 15 scoreless innings since returning to the ...

May 26, 2015

Nishioka sidelined with elbow injury

Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka was diagnosed with a damaged medial collateral ligament in his right elbow and will be out indefinitely, the Hanshin Tigers said Tuesday. Nishioka will not need surgery, but manager Yutaka Wada said the injury is fairly serious. “He’s going to need ...

May 11, 2015

Tigers deactivate slumping Messenger

Hanshin Tigers slumping right-hander Randy Messenger was removed from the active roster on Monday, Hanshin manager Yutaka Wada confirmed. Messenger, 33, who led the Central League with 13 wins (10 defeats), and also had the most strikeouts (226), last season, has hit a rough ...

Giants, Takagi punish Tigers

May 3, 2015

Giants, Takagi punish Tigers

Yomiuri Giants rookie Hayato Takagi had his toughest game of the season, but he still managed to improve to 5-0 on Sunday in a 10-3 win over the defensively challenged Hanshin Tigers. Takagi allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings — the shortest ...

Messenger, Egoshi provide heroics for Tigers

Apr 28, 2015

Messenger, Egoshi provide heroics for Tigers

Randy Messenger labored but gave his team seven innings of one-run ball as the Hanshin Tigers held off the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3-1 on Tuesday night. Rookie outfielder Taiga Egoshi hit a three-run drive in the second inning off lefty Yoshihisa Naruse (1-3) for ...