Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

Oct 23, 2014

Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters grabbed the negotiating rights to Waseda University ace Kohei Arihara, the most sought-after player in Nippon Professional Baseball’s amateur draft on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles walked off with the nation’s most coveted high school pitcher, Tomohiro Anraku. ...

Hawks storm past Fighters in Game 5

Oct 18, 2014

Hawks storm past Fighters in Game 5

by Dave Hueston

Kenichi Nakata threw five innings of two-run ball, Nobuhiro Matsuda delivered a two-run single in a 4-for-4 outing, and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-2 to win Game 4 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage on Saturday ...

Fighters hammer Hawks in Game 3

Oct 17, 2014

Fighters hammer Hawks in Game 3

by Dave Hueston

Daikan Yoh broke out with a pair of homers, Eiichi Koyano hit a three-run blast, and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters stomped the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 12-4 in Game 3 of the final stage of the Pacific League Climax Series on Friday night. With ...

Climax Series postponed with typhoon approaching

Oct 13, 2014

Climax Series postponed with typhoon approaching

Game 3 of the first stage of the Climax Series scheduled between the Orix Buffaloes and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters was postponed on Monday due the approach of Typhoon Vongfong, which made landfall on Kyushu the same day. Game 3, which had been ...

Fighters send Inaba out with win

Oct 5, 2014

Fighters send Inaba out with win

The Nippon Ham Fighters feted retiring star Atsunori Inaba on Sunday and capped it off with a 1-0 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Double-duty right-hander Shohei Otani worked two innings in the start of an otherwise meaningless game for the Fighters and ...

Saito pitches Fighters into playoffs

Sep 29, 2014

Saito pitches Fighters into playoffs

Yuki Saito allowed a run in five impressive innings on Monday and earned the win as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters wrapped up the Pacific League’s final playoff spot by beating the Seibu Lions 4-1. Saito (2-1) allowed two hits and two walks, while ...

Nakata bashes winning homer in 10th

Sep 27, 2014

Nakata bashes winning homer in 10th

Sho Nakata belted a sayonara solo home run in the 10th inning to lift the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Orix Buffaloes on Saturday night and give themselves some breathing room in their push for the postseason. Nakata’s ...