Nov 29, 2016

Tigers finalize deals with Messenger, Mateo

Right-hander Randy Messenger re-signed with the Hanshin Tigers on a new two-year deal worth ¥350 million ($3.1 million) a year, while closer Marcos Mateo also renewed his contract for a year, the Central League club announced Tuesday. The 35-year-old Messenger, who will enter his ...

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

Nov 23, 2016

Call-up lights fire under Fujinami

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Shintaro Fujinami’s recent Samurai Japan call-up may have been taken him by surprise, but he said the opportunity won’t be taken for granted. Although Fujinami had been a regular member of manager Hiroki Kokubo’s pitching staff, the right-hander was coming off his worst season ...

Itoi leaving Buffaloes for Tigers

Nov 21, 2016

Itoi leaving Buffaloes for Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers said Monday they have reached agreement on a contract with free agent outfielder Yoshio Itoi, who earlier in the day informed the Orix Buffaloes of his intention to join the Central League club. Itoi, 35, who played for Orix for four ...

Nov 15, 2016

Tigers won't re-sign slugger Gomez

The Hanshin Tigers said Tuesday they will not renew their contract with infielder Mauro Gomez, who spent three seasons with the Central League team. Gomez, 32, was the league’s RBI king in his first year in NPB in 2014 with 109 RBIs, but had ...

Hiroshima hurler Kuroda earns 200th career victory

Jul 23, 2016

Hiroshima hurler Kuroda earns 200th career victory

Former big leaguer Hiroki Kuroda picked up his 200th career win in top-flight pro ball after keeping the Hanshin Tigers off the scoreboard through seven innings in the Hiroshima Carp’s 7-0 win on Saturday. Kuroda (7-5), who lost his two starts this month before ...