Aug 31, 2015

Fighters reliever Takeda undergoes knee surgery

Hisashi Takeda underwent successful season-ending right-knee surgery and will return to action in five months, the Nippon Ham Fighters said Monday. For the first time in his 13-year career, the 36-year-old right-hander ends a season without throwing a single pitch. He will be discharged ...

Aug 23, 2015

Fighters reliever Takeda to have knee surgery

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Hisashi Takeda will undergo surgery to repair meniscus damage in his right knee on Aug. 31 in Sapporo and will aim to return to action some time next season, the Pacific League club said Sunday. The 36-year-old Takeda, who ...

Fighters' Mendoza battles past Lions

Aug 12, 2015

Fighters' Mendoza battles past Lions

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Luis Mendoza was hardly at his best Wednesday, but the former Kansas City Royal battled into the sixth inning to earn the win as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Seibu Lions 6-3. Sho Nakata drove in two runs for the Fighters, who ...

Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Jul 15, 2015

Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Nobuhiro Matsuda’s three-run, seventh-inning home run broke up a tie game as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came from behind to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Lee Dae-ho went 4-for-4 with a walk and a second-inning homer for the ...

Mendoza tames Lions

Jul 12, 2015

Mendoza tames Lions

Luis Mendoza held the Seibu Lions to three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters won their fourth straight game with a 10-0 victory Sunday. Mendoza (5-4) fanned seven and allowed two walks to win his third straight start for ...

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Jul 10, 2015

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Shohei Otani became the first pitcher to 10 wins this season after pitching eight shutout innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Seibu Lions 1-0 on Friday. Lions ace Takayuki Kishi (1-2) pitched six perfect innings in a duel against pitcher-cum-slugger Otani ...

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Jun 26, 2015

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Seibu Lions ace Takayuki Kishi allowed two run in six innings to earn his first win of the season as his teammates bombarded the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 12-4 win on Friday. The Lions pounded out 19 hits, including four home runs, ...

Van den Hurk earns win with late Hawks rally

Jun 21, 2015

Van den Hurk earns win with late Hawks rally

Dutch right-hander Rick van den Hurk allowed two runs over seven innings, while striking out 13 and was rewarded by a late comeback from his team as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-2 on Sunday. “I focus on executing ...

Jun 18, 2015

Fighters sign Nationals farmhand Lively

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have acquired 29-year-old right-hander Mitch Lively from the Washington Nationals on a one-year deal, the Pacific League club announced on Thursday. The 198-cm, 113-kg Lively, was 0-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 18 games this season for the Nationals’ ...

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 ...