Ngoepe becomes first African to play in majors

/ Apr 27, 2017

Ngoepe becomes first African to play in majors

Gift Ngoepe might not have had the weight of the world on his shoulders but he felt like a continent was counting on him. Ngoepe, the first African to reach the major leagues, singled in his first plate appearance and Josh Harrison led off ...

Heyward, Russell power Cubs past Pirates

/ Apr 25, 2017

Heyward, Russell power Cubs past Pirates

Jason Heyward is getting tired of talking about his rebuilt swing. Considering what the Chicago Cubs center fielder is doing at the plate these days, the conversation will soon flip from his new-look swing to the results. Heyward hit his third home run in ...

Uehara's scoreless innings streak ends in loss

/ Apr 17, 2017

Uehara's scoreless innings streak ends in loss

Koji Uehara was charged with three runs — two earned — Sunday after making 21 straight appearances, dating back to last year, without allowing any runs, as the Chicago Cubs were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1. Uehara (0-1) relieved Jon Lester, who pitched ...

Maeda, Iwakuma fall in first outings of 2017

/ Apr 5, 2017

Maeda, Iwakuma fall in first outings of 2017

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda gave up three runs over five innings and the Seattle Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma gave up two solo homers in an otherwise solid six innings as both Japanese lost their first starts of the season Tuesday. Maeda (0-1), who ...

Kawasaki finalizes agreement to return to Hawks

/ Apr 1, 2017

Kawasaki finalizes agreement to return to Hawks

Popular infielder Munenori Kawasaki joined the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks on Saturday on a one-year deal believed to be worth ¥90 million (roughly $808,000). The deal brings the 35-year-old back to his roots. Kawasaki turned pro out of high school, joining NPB’s only team on ...

/ Jan 19, 2017

Kawasaki vows to play for Cubs this season

Infielder Munenori Kawasaki posted on his official blog Thursday that he will play with the Chicago Cubs again this season. “I will play with all my heart and really want to enjoy baseball again,” said Kawasaki, who is expected to be on a minor ...

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

/ Dec 31, 2016

Video coordinator Masamoto seizing chance with Cubs

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Getting a job in American pro baseball is an uphill battle, even more so for foreigners. But Naoto Masamoto is proof that the American dream is not an impossible one. Masamoto, the video coordinator for the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, spoke little English ...

The top sports stories of 2016

Dec 30, 2016

The top sports stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these sports stories as the most important of 2016. 1. Going for gold: Japanese athletes brought home 12 gold medals, and 41 overall, from the Rio Olympics. The victories included a historic triumph by wrestler Kaori Icho, who became ...

/ Dec 9, 2016

Cubs hammer out deal with free-agent pitcher Uehara: reports

Boston Red Sox free agent Koji Uehara is close to signing with the Chicago Cubs, according to U.S. media reports on Thursday. According to reports by media including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, CBS Sports and Boston Herald, Uehara and the National League ...

/ Nov 23, 2016

BayStars acquire pitcher Patton from Cubs

Right-hander Spencer Patton has signed with the Yokohama BayStars, the Central League club announced Wednesday. The 28-year-old Patton has pitched in 52 big league games over the past three seasons, including 16 this year for the Chicago Cubs. The reliever has a 3-2 record ...