Imae powers Marines past Eagles

Apr 11, 2014

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

by Jason Coskrey

The wind may have affected Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Takahiro Norimoto on Friday night, but not nearly as much as Toshiaki Imae’s bat did. Imae hit a towering home run in the second and hit a tie-breaking double in the fifth to back ...

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Apr 3, 2014

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Wily Mo Pena hit his fifth home run of the young season and Kei Igawa pitched five scoreless innings as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-1 on Thursday to complete a three-game road sweep. Igawa (1-0) allowed two hits and ...

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Apr 2, 2014

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Marquee Tohoku Rakuten rookie Yuki Matsui got a rude welcome in his first official game Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Eagles took a 7-1 thumping against the Orix Buffaloes. Matsui (0-1), who turned pro out of high school after being ...

Shiomi guides Eagles to another victory over Lions

Mar 29, 2014

Shiomi guides Eagles to another victory over Lions

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles won for the second day in a row, 5-2 over the Seibu Lions following a victory on Opening Day, getting eight strong innings from lefty Takahiro Shiomi on Saturday afternoon. Shiomi, who was sidelined last season due to a ...

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Mar 13, 2014

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino announced Thursday that his team’s first draft pick last season, 18-year-old pitcher Yuki Matsui, will be in the starting rotation from opening day. “He’s going to be there, and he’ll be in the front end of the ...

Mar 6, 2014

Eagles pitcher Kamata to miss season

Yoshinao Kamata, who went 7-4 two years ago in his first year out of high school for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles has undergone ligament reconstruction surgery and will be out for a year, the Pacific League club announced Thursday. The 20 year-old Kamata ...

Feb 9, 2014

Pitcher Tanaka leaves for New York

High-priced right-hander Masahiro Tanaka departed on Sunday for New York to begin his major league career. Because of the heavy snowfall that blanketed the Tokyo area the day before, it took the former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles ace 8½ hours to go from the ...

NPB squads start spring training

Feb 1, 2014

NPB squads start spring training

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who last season won their first Japan Series in the franchise’s ninth year of existence, started spring training Saturday in Kumejima, Okinawa Prefecture, in preparation for the start of the regular season on March 28. The Eagles and seven ...

Jan 30, 2014

Tanaka says goodbye to former Rakuten teammates

Masahiro Tanaka bid farewell to his former Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles teammates on Thursday ahead of the club’s departure for spring training in Okinawa. Tanaka, who just signed a seven-year deal with the New York Yankees worth $155 million, has been working out at ...