Sep 27, 2014

Fighters' Kaneko to retire at end of season

Shortstop Makoto Kaneko, who captained the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to back-to-back Pacific League pennants in 2006 and 2007, announced Saturday that this season will be his last. “I may miss not being a ballplayer, but I’ve played 21 years and I have no ...

Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Sep 19, 2014

Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Right-hander Takahiro Norimoto kept the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ slim Pacific League playoff hopes going on Friday with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. A day after manager Senichi Hoshino announced he would leave the team due to poor results, ...

Otani fans nine, fires five-hit shutout

Sep 13, 2014

Otani fans nine, fires five-hit shutout

Double-duty right-hander Shohei Otani struck out nine in a five-hit shutout as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 1-0 on Saturday. Before 34,675 at Sapporo Dome, Otani (11-4) got a one-run lead in the bottom of the seventh on an ...

Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Sep 2, 2014

Fighters veteran Inaba announces plan to retire

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters infielder Atsunori Inaba said Tuesday he will retire at the end of the 2014 season, bringing an end to an illustrious 20-year career. “I decided to put everything on the line for one year, but the condition of my knee ...

Aug 21, 2014

Fighters cut infielder Abreu

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Thursday that they have terminated the contract of Michel Abreu, who led the Pacific League in home runs last season. Abreu has been limited to just six games this season because of a lower back injury, and ...

Rookie Yoshida leads Buffs past Fighters

Jul 23, 2014

Rookie Yoshida leads Buffs past Fighters

On a day when the Pacific League-leading Buffaloes needed a boost, rookie right-hander Kazumasa Yoshida provided it as Orix completed a three-game sweep of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday. Having deactivated ace right-hander Chihiro Kaneko due to fatigue ...

Jul 21, 2014

Buffaloes resume season with win over Fighters

Tomotaka Sakaguchi had a game-tying RBI single in the fifth inning and Wily Mo Pena delivered a two-run single with two outs the same frame as the Orix Buffaloes came from behind to beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-3 to resume the regular ...