Jun 26, 2015

Pitchers Kuroda, Otani picked in All-Star fan balloting

Hiroki Kuroda, who returned to Hiroshima this year after seven impressive big league seasons, was voted onto the Central League All-Star team though the fans ballot, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Friday. The 40-year-old Carp veteran is 6-2 this season with a 2.72 ERA. He ...

Resurgent Messenger deals Otani first loss

Jun 6, 2015

Resurgent Messenger deals Otani first loss

Randy Messenger, making his second start since returning from the minors, worked eight innings and the Hanshin Tigers beat the Pacific League-leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 in interleague play on Saturday. Messenger (4-5), has now worked 15 scoreless innings since returning to the ...

Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Mar 21, 2015

Otani sharpens up ahead of Opening Day

Flame-throwing Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Shohei Otani worked three scoreless innings on Saturday in his final preseason exhibition before he goes to the mound next week on Opening Day. Otani, who professes to have made some minor adjustments to his approach, said he ...

Feb 20, 2015

Otani named Fighters' Opening Day starter

Third-year pitcher-outfielder Shohei Otani has been handed his first Opening Day pitching assignment, Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama said Friday. A 20-year-old right-hander, Otani was one of the most impressive pitchers in the Pacific League last season, when he went 11-4 with ...

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Dec 5, 2014

Otani signs ¥100 million deal

Sweet-swinging, hard-throwing Shohei Otani became the second player to sign a ¥100 million contract ahead of his third season out of high school with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. The 20-year-old Otani led the third-place Fighters with an 11-4 record, 179 strikeouts and a ...