Hawks silence Japan's bats

Feb 25, 2017

Hawks silence Japan's bats

Right-hander Nao Higashihama combined with five pitchers for a four-hit shutout as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks blanked the Japan national team 2-0 in a practice game on Saturday. Hiroshima Carp infielder Ryosuke Kikuchi, a member of the 28-man Samurai Japan squad preparing for the ...

/ Feb 11, 2017

Hawks acquire slugger Despaigne

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks added three years worth of offensive firepower on Saturday, when they completed the long-anticipated deal with star Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne. The 30-year-old outfielder and designated hitter spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines. He has batted ...

Jan 24, 2017

Slugger Lee returns to Lotte Giants

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks and Seattle Mariners slugger Lee Dae-ho has rejoined his former South Korean club the Lotte Giants after one season in the major leagues, the Yonhap News Agency reported Tuesday. Lee, the 2015 Japan Series MVP with the Hawks before moving ...

/ Dec 2, 2016

Matsuzaka to pitch for Puerto Rico winter ball team

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka joined the Gigantes de Carolina this week to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, is scheduled to play in the winter league ...

/ Nov 29, 2016

Longtime hurler Arakaki retires

Former Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nagisa Arakaki revealed his decision to retire Tuesday after 14 years in Nippon Professional Baseball. “I thought it was about time to decide after speaking to my family,” said Arakaki, who was released by the Tokyo Yakult Swallows last ...

/ Nov 20, 2016

Matsuzaka poised for winter ball in Puerto Rico

Fukuoka SoftBank pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka has come to terms on a deal that will allow him to play in Puerto Rico’s winter league, a Hawks source said Sunday. The 36-year-old right-hander, who spent this past season coming back from shoulder surgery in August 2015, ...