Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Jul 15, 2015

Matsuda, Lee carry Hawks past Fighters

Nobuhiro Matsuda’s three-run, seventh-inning home run broke up a tie game as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks came from behind to beat the Nippon Ham Fighters 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon. Lee Dae-ho went 4-for-4 with a walk and a second-inning homer for the ...

Mendoza tames Lions

Jul 12, 2015

Mendoza tames Lions

Luis Mendoza held the Seibu Lions to three hits over seven scoreless innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters won their fourth straight game with a 10-0 victory Sunday. Mendoza (5-4) fanned seven and allowed two walks to win his third straight start for ...

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Jul 10, 2015

Fighters' Otani notches 10th victory of season

Shohei Otani became the first pitcher to 10 wins this season after pitching eight shutout innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Seibu Lions 1-0 on Friday. Lions ace Takayuki Kishi (1-2) pitched six perfect innings in a duel against pitcher-cum-slugger Otani ...

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Jun 26, 2015

Lions' Kishi collects first victory of season

Seibu Lions ace Takayuki Kishi allowed two run in six innings to earn his first win of the season as his teammates bombarded the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 12-4 win on Friday. The Lions pounded out 19 hits, including four home runs, ...

Van den Hurk earns win with late Hawks rally

Jun 21, 2015

Van den Hurk earns win with late Hawks rally

Dutch right-hander Rick van den Hurk allowed two runs over seven innings, while striking out 13 and was rewarded by a late comeback from his team as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-2 on Sunday. “I focus on executing ...

Jun 18, 2015

Fighters sign Nationals farmhand Lively

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have acquired 29-year-old right-hander Mitch Lively from the Washington Nationals on a one-year deal, the Pacific League club announced on Thursday. The 198-cm, 113-kg Lively, was 0-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 18 games this season for the Nationals’ ...

Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Jun 16, 2015

Iwata, Tsuruoka propel Tigers to rout of Fighters

Minoru Iwata went the distance and Tigers catcher Kazunari Tsuruoka drove in five runs in Hanshin’s 11-4 trouncing of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in this season’s interleague finale. The Tigers, who lost their previous two games by a combined score of 26-2 over ...

Jun 13, 2015

Fighters' Hermida returning to U.S. after thumb injury

Outfielder Jeremy Hermida will temporarily return to the United States, having broken the base of his left thumb, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters said Saturday. Hermida was injured during the Fighters’ 1-0 defeat to the Hanshin Tigers on June 6 and was deactivated two ...

Jun 10, 2015

Giants, Fighters complete four-player trade

The Central League’s Yomiuri Giants and Pacific League’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters have concluded a four-player trade, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday. The Giants will ship 34-year-old, right-hand-hitting outfielder Kenji Yano and 29-year-old lefty Hideki Sunaga to the Fighters in exchange ...

Resurgent Messenger deals Otani first loss

Jun 6, 2015

Resurgent Messenger deals Otani first loss

Randy Messenger, making his second start since returning from the minors, worked eight innings and the Hanshin Tigers beat the Pacific League-leading Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 in interleague play on Saturday. Messenger (4-5), has now worked 15 scoreless innings since returning to the ...