Goto sparks Buffaloes with glove, bat

Sep 18, 2014

Goto sparks Buffaloes with glove, bat

Shunta Goto saved a run with his defense and had two big hits on Thursday as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 3-2 to move within 2-1/2 games of the PL lead. Goto made the play of the game in ...

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 ...

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Aug 24, 2014

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Takahiro Norimoto threw eight shutout innings on Saturday as the cellar-dwelling Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 2-0. Before 24,593 at Kyocera Dome, Norimoto (11-8), the Pacific League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, allowed three hits, walked three batters and hit ...

Aug 23, 2014

Buffaloes, Moriwaki OK new two-year contract

Hiroshi Moriwaki will stay on as manager of the title-chasing Orix Buffaloes after agreeing to a new two-year contract from next season, the Pacific League club said Saturday. The 54-year-old Moriwaki, who is his second year in charge, has had the Buffaloes around the ...

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 ...