Apr 21, 2015

Matsuzaka says condition improving

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been sidelined since the start of the season with fatigue in his right shoulder, played a light game of catch to assess his progress at the team’s clubhouse facility on Tuesday. Matsuzaka, 34, threw about 140 ...

Marines' Rhee keeps Hawks in check

Apr 18, 2015

Marines' Rhee keeps Hawks in check

Rhee Dae-eun scattered eight hits over seven scoreless innings, Takashi Ogino and Luis Cruz drove in five runs between them, and the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a 9-0 whitewash on Saturday afternoon. Toshiaki Imae opened the scoring with a ...

Buffaloes rally past Hawks

Apr 16, 2015

Buffaloes rally past Hawks

Daiki Tomei allowed two runs over eight innings and the Orix Buffaloes came from behind to beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6-3 on Thursday and win for the first time since April 7. Trailing 2-1 after Softbank solo homers from Yuki Yanagita and Nobuhiro ...

Hawks' Standridge tosses four-hitter against Lions

Apr 4, 2015

Hawks' Standridge tosses four-hitter against Lions

Jason Standridge threw a four-hit shutout to lead the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to their third consecutive win in a 2-0 victory over the Seibu Lions on Saturday. Standridge (2-0) struck out three and walked one in a 115-pitch outing and didn’t allow a runner ...

Apr 2, 2015

Matsuzaka sidelined with shoulder ailment

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s comeback season in Japan is in jeopardy due to shoulder issues, an informed source said Thursday. After Matsuzaka discussed the issue with first-year Fukuoka Softbank Hawks manager Kimiyasu Kudo and others, the team decided to shut the 34-year-old right-hander down indefinitely citing ...

Buoyed by home runs, Hawks hammer Buffaloes

Mar 31, 2015

Buoyed by home runs, Hawks hammer Buffaloes

Yuki Yanagita, Lee Dae-ho and Seiichi Uchikawa each homered to power the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a 7-0 blowout of the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday night. Kenji Otonari (1-0) threw a four-hit shutout for the win. The left-hander didn’t allow a runner to reach ...

Mar 18, 2015

Matsuzaka diagnosed with influenza

Daisuke Matsuzaka’s road back to stardom in Japan hit a bump on Wednesday, when the former big leaguer was diagnosed with influenza that may push back the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander’s first regular season start. The 34-year-old Matsuzaka, who is making a comeback in ...

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Mar 4, 2015

Matsuzaka makes return to mound

Pitching in his first real game in Japan since the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Fukuoka Softbank Hawks right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka returned to the mound where he made his name on Wednesday. At 34, Matsuzaka is a far cry from the schoolboy who rose to ...