Otani outshines pitching peer Fujinami

Mar 8, 2014

Otani outshines pitching peer Fujinami

Hokkaido Nippon Ham right-hander Shohei Otani outpitched fellow second-year man Shintaro Fujinami as the Fighters defeated the Hanshin Tigers 6-5 in a preseason game on Saturday. Otani changed speeds effectively to hold Hanshin to a run on two hits over five innings at Koshien ...

Jan 8, 2014

Infielder Nioka ready to hang up spikes: source

Slugging infielder Tomohiro Nioka, the MVP of the 2002 Japan Series for the Yomiuri Giants, is set to retire, a Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters source said Wednesday. Nioka, the Giants’ No. 2 pick in the 1998 draft, was traded to Nippon Ham following the ...

Lions close gap on second place

Oct 6, 2013

Lions close gap on second place

Shogo Akiyama’s two-out, two-run single overturned a one-run deficit in the seventh inning and the Seibu Lions held on to defeat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-3 on Sunday. The Lions’ seventh-straight victory moved the team to within a half game of the Chiba ...

Eagles' Tanaka improves to 23-0 in magical season

Oct 1, 2013

Eagles' Tanaka improves to 23-0 in magical season

As if on cue, the Pacific League pennant winner Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles came through for right-hander Masahiro Tanaka — and big. After being held scoreless in three consecutive games since clinching the PL title on Sept. 26, the Eagles erupted with a six-run ...

Eagles move closer to Pacific League pennant

Sep 23, 2013

Eagles move closer to Pacific League pennant

Rookie Sho Miyagawa allowed just one hit in seven innings Monday as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-0 and Japan’s newest franchise moved closer to its first Pacific League pennant. The Eagles, who began playing as an expansion ...

Obiki, Fighters clobber Hawks

Sep 5, 2013

Obiki, Fighters clobber Hawks

by Jason Coskrey

Keiji Obiki helped erase a four-run deficit with a come-from-behind grand slam in the second inning, and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters went on to rout the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 11-5 on Thursday night at Tokyo Dome. The Fighters were behind 4-1 in the ...