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 ...

Tanaka stretches winning streak to 19 decisions

Aug 3, 2013

Tanaka stretches winning streak to 19 decisions

Tohoku Rakuten ace Masahiro Tanaka tied the Japan pro baseball record with his 15th consecutive win to start a season in a 12-strikeout effort as the Pacific League-leading Eagles rallied to beat the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-1 on Friday night. Kazuya Fujita and ...

Yang leads way as Fighters punch out Lions

Jul 15, 2013

Yang leads way as Fighters punch out Lions

Taiwan international Yang Dai-kang blasted two home runs and drove in four runs to pace the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to a 14-3 clubbing of the Seibu Lions on Monday afternoon. Fighters lefty Masaru Takeda (6-5) allowed a run on two hits over six ...

Kawai, Akaminai provide heroics against Fighters

Jul 12, 2013

Kawai, Akaminai provide heroics against Fighters

Lefty Takashi Kawai (3-0) threw seven scoreless innings and Ginji Akaminai opened the scoring with a two-run triple on Thursday as the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3-0. The victory in the PL’s only game of the ...

Tanaka blanks Fighters, improves to 12-0

Jul 9, 2013

Tanaka blanks Fighters, improves to 12-0

Eagles hurler Masahiro Tanaka scattered four hits, all singles, in another brilliant outing en route to winning his 12th consecutive decision since the beginning of the season and recorded his second shutout this year. Tohoku Rakuten defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-0 on ...

Fighters show moxie in comeback victory

Jun 26, 2013

Fighters show moxie in comeback victory

by Jason Coskrey

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters may be in last place in the Pacific League, but, as their nickname implies, there is a lot of fight in the team from Japan’s northern island. Atsunori Inaba capped a three-run eighth inning with a tie-breaking two-run single, ...