Jul 20, 2016

Lions acquire former Fighters, Hawks pitcher Wolfe

The Seibu Lions have signed right-hander Brian Wolfe, the Pacific League club announced Wednesday. The 35-year-old Wolfe has pitched six seasons in Japan, the first four with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and the last two with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He has a ...

Otani homers as Fighters complete sweep of Hawks

Jul 3, 2016

Otani homers as Fighters complete sweep of Hawks

Ace pitcher Shohei Otani gave himself a first-inning lead with a leadoff homer and made it stand up for eight innings on Sunday to lead the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to their 10th straight victory, a 2-0 win over the Pacific League champion Fukuoka ...

Marines crush league-leading Hawks

Jun 27, 2016

Marines crush league-leading Hawks

Hideaki Wakui went the distance and Yamaico Navarro drove in four runs as the second-place Chiba Lotte Marines defeated the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 9-6 on Monday evening. Wakui (7-3) didn’t allow the Hawks much until the seventh inning, when he was sitting ...

Yanagita, Yamada top All-Star balloting

Jun 27, 2016

Yanagita, Yamada top All-Star balloting

Yuki Yanagita led all players in the fan balloting for this year’s Central and Pacific league All-Star Games, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Monday. Yanagita, the center fielder for the two-time defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, pulled in 521,685 votes to lead all ...

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

Jun 22, 2016

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

The season of career minor leaguer Ryuma Kidokoro took another surprising turn on Wednesday, when the 30-year-old was named Nippon Professional Baseball’s interleague MVP. The Hawks’ journeyman, who since 2005 has spent the bulk of his time on the first team as a pinch ...

Jun 21, 2016

Hawks sign Van Den Hurk to three-year extension

Right-hander Rick Van Den Hurk has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, the Pacific League champs announced Tuesday. The deal for the 31-year-old Dutch international is believed to be worth ¥1.2 billion with additional incentives. Van Den Hurk set ...

Jun 15, 2016

Hawks' Van den Hurk to be treated for fatigue

Right-hander Rick Van den Hurk will be tested and receive treatment through the weekend for fatigue, the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks announced Wednesday. Van den Hurk, who last month set a record of 14 straight winning decisions at the start of career in Japan, was ...

Hawks complete sweep of Giants

Jun 12, 2016

Hawks complete sweep of Giants

Ryoma Kidokoro continued his remarkable career turnaround on Sunday, when the light-hitting reserve outfielder belted a pair of two-run homers to help power the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks to a 7-5 interleague win and a series sweep of the Yomiuri Giants. The 31-year-old Kidokoro turned ...