Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Aug 17, 2014

Takeda wins pitching duel as Hawks hold off Buffaloes

Shota Takeda won a scintillating pitcher’s duel on Sunday to help the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 1-0 and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of their nearest rivals for the Pacific League pennant. The 21-year-old Takeda (2-0) allowed five hits, ...

Buffaloes sticking together during pennant race

Aug 13, 2014

Buffaloes sticking together during pennant race

The Orix Buffaloes are in their first Pacific League pennant race in six seasons and thoroughly enjoying the experience. After their entire weekend series against the last-place Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles was washed out, the Buffaloes entered Wednesday’s game against the Seibu Lions trailing ...

Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Jul 27, 2014

Otonari triumphs in first start since May 2013

Kenji Otonari returned to the mound at Yafuoku Dome for the first time in over a year on Sunday, and pitched better than ever as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 3-2 to complete a three-game sweep in a battle between Pacific ...

Hawks beat Buffaloes to seize first place

Jul 26, 2014

Hawks beat Buffaloes to seize first place

Toru Hosokawa belted a tie-breaking two-run homer and Kenichi Nakata allowed a run in six innings to propel the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks into first place in the Pacific League with a 3-1 win on Saturday over the Orix Buffaloes. In front of 38,561 at ...

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 ...