Fighters cruise as Otani blanks Eagles

May 22, 2016

Fighters cruise as Otani blanks Eagles

Shohei Otani threw six shutout innings to claim his second win of the season as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 8-0 on Sunday in the Pacific League. The 21-year-old, who threw two 162 kph pitches in his last ...

Lions handle Otani's heat

May 15, 2016

Lions handle Otani's heat

Flame-thrower Shohei Otani logged two 162-km-per-hour pitches but took his fourth loss of the season as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters were beaten 6-3 by the Seibu Lions on Sunday. Otani (1-4) gave up five runs, four earned, in six-plus innings as he struck ...

Kamata outduels Otani to help Eagles edge Fighters

Apr 10, 2016

Kamata outduels Otani to help Eagles edge Fighters

Yoshinao Kamata located his pitches precisely over seven innings to win a pitcher’s duel with Shohei Otani as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 in the Pacific League on Sunday. Kamata (1-0) allowed four hits and a walk, ...

Otani matches speed mark during preseason game

Mar 2, 2016

Otani matches speed mark during preseason game

Shohei Otani, who has thrown the fastest pitch recorded by a Japanese player, matched his career best of 162 kph on Wednesday. In a preseason game against the Yomiuri Giants at Sapporo Dome, the right-handed Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters ace struck out Garrett Jones ...

Feb 26, 2016

Darvish dishes out advice for Otani

Former Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters ace Yu Darvish had some advice on Thursday for Shohei Otani, the man who took over his spot in Sapporo: “Do your own thing.” Darvish, now the ace of the Texas Rangers, spent time training with the 21-year-old Otani ...