Kawai, Akaminai provide heroics against Fighters

Jul 12, 2013

Kawai, Akaminai provide heroics against Fighters

Lefty Takashi Kawai (3-0) threw seven scoreless innings and Ginji Akaminai opened the scoring with a two-run triple on Thursday as the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3-0. The victory in the PL’s only game of the ...

Tanaka blanks Fighters, improves to 12-0

Jul 9, 2013

Tanaka blanks Fighters, improves to 12-0

Eagles hurler Masahiro Tanaka scattered four hits, all singles, in another brilliant outing en route to winning his 12th consecutive decision since the beginning of the season and recorded his second shutout this year. Tohoku Rakuten defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-0 on ...

Fighters show moxie in comeback victory

Jun 26, 2013

Fighters show moxie in comeback victory

by Jason Coskrey

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters may be in last place in the Pacific League, but, as their nickname implies, there is a lot of fight in the team from Japan’s northern island. Atsunori Inaba capped a three-run eighth inning with a tie-breaking two-run single, ...

Nakata, Abreu double-punch sinks Marines

Jun 25, 2013

Nakata, Abreu double-punch sinks Marines

Masaru Takeda pitched three-run ball over five innings, and Sho Nakata and Michel Abreu each homered to power the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 5-3 win over the Chiba Lotte Marines on Monday night. Nakata went deep with two outs and a runner ...

Fighters rally past Carp in interleague finale

Jun 19, 2013

Fighters rally past Carp in interleague finale

Hokkaido Nippon Ham rookie right-hander Shohei Otani made his debut pitching and batting in the same game, tossing four innings of three-run ball while batting in the No. 5 spot in the Fighters’ 7-4 win over the Hiroshima Carp on Tuesday. In the last ...

Fighters' Kisanuki shuts out Tigers

Jun 14, 2013

Fighters' Kisanuki shuts out Tigers

Hiroshi Kisanuki posted his first shutout as a member of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Thursday in a 3-0 interleague victory over the Hanshin Tigers, who fell from the top spot in the Central League standings. Kisanuki, a 33-year-old right-hander with his third ...

Darvish impressing experts with his strikeout ability

Jun 9, 2013

Darvish impressing experts with his strikeout ability

by Jason Coskrey

If you watch the home broadcast for one of Yu Darvish’s starts for the Texas Rangers, you will, at some point, hear play-by-play man Steve Busby exhorting, “got him swinging,” after Darvish fans a batter. You’ll hear it a lot, too. After fanning seven ...

Nippon Ham's Otani earns first NPB victory

Jun 2, 2013

Nippon Ham's Otani earns first NPB victory

A three-home run salvo helped lift Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters rookie Shohei Otani (1-0) to his first career victory, a 7-3 win over the Chunichi Dragons on Saturday afternoon. The 18-year-old right-hander allowed Chunichi three runs on four hits, two walks and a hit ...