Jan 8, 2015

Ex-Pirates infielder Sanchez joins Eagles

Former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Gaby Sanchez will join the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for the 2015 season. Sanchez was not offered a contract by the Pirates and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Eagles, the team announced Thursday on its website. The ...

Dec 17, 2014

Eagles reach agreement in principle with Sanchez

The Pacific League’s Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have reached an agreement in principle with 31-year-old first baseman Gaby Sanchez, managing director Hiroshi Abei revealed Wednesday. The one-year deal is for an estimated $2.5 million (roughly ¥290 million) with additional performance-based incentives. The deal is ...

Dec 6, 2014

Eagles finalize deal with Mickolio

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles have acquired the services of 30-year-old reliever Kam Mickolio, who was released from the Hiroshima Carp at the end of the season, on a contract for ¥150 million, including a signing bonus. The deal was announced on Saturday. The ...

Matsui signs two-year deal

Nov 29, 2014

Matsui signs two-year deal

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles infielder Kazuo Matsui re-signed Saturday with the Pacific League team on a fresh, two-year contract for an estimated annual salary of ¥160 million, plus performance-based incentives. The Eagles captain, who will turn 40 in October next year, expressed his appreciation ...

Nov 28, 2014

Jones, Falkenborg not returning to Eagles: source

Designated hitter Andruw Jones and closer Brian Falkenborg have been cut from the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ reserved list and released, an informed source said Friday. The team is looking toward to acquiring foreign players to fill the cleanup hitter and closer roles, but ...

Nov 25, 2014

Eagles, Tigers want to sign Kaneko

The Tohoku Rakuten Godlen Eagles’ managing director indicated Tuesday that the club would pursue free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, the ace of the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes. A day after Kaneko said he was not inclined to ask Orix to post him to the ...

Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

Oct 23, 2014

Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters grabbed the negotiating rights to Waseda University ace Kohei Arihara, the most sought-after player in Nippon Professional Baseball’s amateur draft on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles walked off with the nation’s most coveted high school pitcher, Tomohiro Anraku. ...

Oct 14, 2014

Eagles select Okubo as Hoshino's replacement

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles said Tuesday they will appoint Hiromoto Okubo as new manger of the Pacific League club. The 47-year-old Okubo will move up from his role as farm team manager. He will succeed Senichi Hoshino, who last month announced that he ...

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Oct 4, 2014

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Three pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6-0 on Saturday. Takahiro Matsuba (8-1) worked six scoreless innings despite walking eight batters and allowing three hits to earn the win for the Buffaloes, who have ...

Itoi, Shimada power Buffaloes past Eagles

Sep 30, 2014

Itoi, Shimada power Buffaloes past Eagles

Yoshio Itoi and Takuya Shimada each homered in a six-run fourth inning as the Orix Buffaloes overturned a two-run deficit in Tuesday’s 7-3 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko (16-5) allowed three runs in seven innings to earn the ...