Hanshin pitcher Fujikawa growing into new role

Mar 13, 2016

Hanshin pitcher Fujikawa growing into new role

Kyuji Fujikawa, whose 220 saves are fifth most in Nippon Professional Baseball history, threw five hitless innings on Sunday for the Hanshin Tigers. The 35-year-old right-hander is returning to NPB after three years and trying to make the transition to starter. In his second ...

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 ...

Jan 12, 2016

Korean pitcher Oh signs with Cardinals

South Korean pitcher Oh Seung-hwan has signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year contract, the Major League Baseball club announced on Monday. The 33-year-old right-hander joins the Cardinals after two years with the Hanshin Tigers professional team. Terms of Oh’s deal have ...

Jan 7, 2016

Hanshin signs former Padres pitcher Mateo

The Hanshin Tigers have acquired right-hander Marcos Mateo, the Central League club announced Thursday. The 188-cm Dominican, has signed a one-year deal for ¥75 million ($638,000). He was 1-1 with a 4.00 ERA in 26 games for the San Diego Padres last season. Mateo ...

Dec 11, 2015

Tigers cut off negotiations with closer Oh

The Hanshin Tigers decided on Friday to end negotiations with free agent closer Oh Seung-hwan, a target of a South Korean investigation into illegal gambling. “We spoke to his agent and mutually agreed (to end negotiations),” said team president Keiichiro Yotsufuji, despite no judicial ...

Dec 8, 2015

Closer Oh target of gambling probe

A star South Korean pitcher looking to sign a Major League Baseball contract has been dragged into a widening probe into illegal gambling overseas, his lawyer said Tuesday. Oh Seung-hwan, one of the most successful closers in the history of Korean baseball, is expected ...

Dec 1, 2015

Tigers acquire first baseman Hague

The Hanshin Tigers have signed 30-year-old first baseman Matt Hague to a one-year-deal, the Central League club announced Tuesday. Hague, a right-handed hitter with 43 major league games under his belt with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto Blue Jays, signed for an estimated ¥80 ...

Nov 24, 2015

Fujikawa fired up about return to Tigers

Returning Hanshin Tigers reliever Kyuji Fujikawa said Tuesday he’ll happily give his all to his old team, even if it meant collapsing on the field. The 35-year-old right-hander is rejoining the Tigers on a two-year deal worth an estimated ¥400 million ($3.3 million) after ...