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 ...

May 19, 2016

Eagles catcher Shima sidelined with broken hand

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles deactivated catcher Motohiro Shima on Thursday due to a broken bone in his left hand. Shima was hit with a foul tip on Wednesday in the first inning of the Eagles’ 10-2 loss to the Orix Buffaloes and was ...

Apr 26, 2016

Eagles' Gomes returns to U.S. for family issues

First-year import Jonny Gomes has returned to the United States to attend to his family’s needs, the Pacific League’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles announced Tuesday. Gomes was deactivated on Friday and no timetable has been announced for his return. The 35-year-old was batting .169 ...

Tanaka outduels former teammate Iwakuma

Apr 18, 2016

Tanaka outduels former teammate Iwakuma

Masahiro Tanaka had his best game of the season to beat Hisashi Iwakuma in a Japanese pitchers’ duel and post his first win as the New York Yankees ended their losing streak after four games with a 4-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on ...

Events canceled after earthquakes

Apr 16, 2016

Events canceled after earthquakes

Sporting events scheduled for Saturday in southwestern Japan and elsewhere were called off due to a series of massive earthquakes that first shook the island of Kyushu Thursday evening. Soccer and baseball games that were to be played in or near the quake-hit areas ...

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Apr 14, 2016

Marines ace Wakui improves to 4-0

Hideaki Wakui won his fourth straight start as the Chiba Lotte Marines prevailed 9-2 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Wakui (4-0), the Pacific League leader in victories, allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks ...

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, ...