Sep 23, 2016

Fighters pitcher Takeda announces retirement

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters veteran right-hander Masaru Takeda announced his retirement on Friday. Takeda, 38, had not pitched for the Fighters this season. A ceremony will be held Sept. 30 at Sapporo Dome, Nippon Ham’s last game of the regular season against the Chiba ...

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 ...

Sep 6, 2016

Fighters closer Martin sidelined with ankle sprain

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ bid for a league championship took a hit on Tuesday, when closer Chris Martin was deactivated due to an ankle sprain. The 203-cm right-hander, who became the team’s closer on June 19 and was named to the Pacific League ...