Jul 15, 2016

JPBPA opposes potential mid-season change to collision rule

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association on Friday decided to oppose Nippon Professional Baseball’s potential mid-year introduction of the revised guidelines on preventing home plate collisions. The controversial guideline introduced this season strictly prohibits fielders from remaining in the third-base line as runners approach ...

May 19, 2016

Eagles catcher Shima sidelined with broken hand

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles deactivated catcher Motohiro Shima on Thursday due to a broken bone in his left hand. Shima was hit with a foul tip on Wednesday in the first inning of the Eagles’ 10-2 loss to the Orix Buffaloes and was ...

Japan rallies past Puerto Rico in ninth

Nov 7, 2015

Japan rallies past Puerto Rico in ninth

Shogo Akiyama reached base five times, drove in the tying run and scored the game-winner in the ninth inning as Samurai Japan overcame a two-run deficit to beat Puerto Rico 3-2 in their second Premier 12 warm-up game on Friday. The Seibu Lions leadoff ...

Jun 17, 2015

Eagles catcher Shima sidelined with broken rib

Tohoku Rakuten catcher Motohiro Shima will be out four to six weeks with a broken left rib cage, the Eagles said Wednesday. Shima was behind the plate when he took a foul ball into the ribs during Saturday’s game against the Chunichi Dragons. He ...

Eagles rout Buffaloes in home opener

Apr 3, 2013

Eagles rout Buffaloes in home opener

Masahiro Tanaka threw seven innings of one-run ball and got plenty of help from catcher Motohiro Shima, who drove in four runs on a pair of singles and triple as the Rakuten Eagles rolled to an 8-2 win over the Orix Buffaloes in their ...