May 22, 2015

Buffaloes ace Kaneko set for season debut

Right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, who ran last year’s postseason awards table, is set to return to the mound on Saturday afternoon, in what will be his first game since having shoulder surgery in November. The Orix Buffaloes on Friday announced the 31-year-old Kaneko as their ...

Nakamura powers Lions past Buffaloes

May 4, 2015

Nakamura powers Lions past Buffaloes

Takeya Nakamura had the last word on Monday as the Seibu Lions overcame their opponent’s impressive comeback to pull out a 10-6 victory against the Orix Buffaloes. Nakamura’s first hit of the game was a big one. The Lions’ portly cleanup hitter delivered a ...

Journeyman Caraballo comes good

Apr 29, 2015

Journeyman Caraballo comes good

Francisco Caraballo may know as much about Japan’s baseball back roads as anyone, and armed with that experience, the big Venezuelan is making the most of a second chance with the Orix Buffaloes. As of Tuesday’s games, Caraballo was batting .291 with three home ...

Buffaloes beginning to show signs of life

Apr 22, 2015

Buffaloes beginning to show signs of life

Considered one of the favorites to win the Pacific League, the Orix Buffaloes have been through the wringer this spring. In the months since manager Hiroshi Moriwaki’s men finished within a hair of last year’s PL pennant, Orix was Japan’s most active club in ...

Buffaloes rally past Hawks

Apr 16, 2015

Buffaloes rally past Hawks

Daiki Tomei allowed two runs over eight innings and the Orix Buffaloes came from behind to beat the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6-3 on Thursday and win for the first time since April 7. Trailing 2-1 after Softbank solo homers from Yuki Yanagita and Nobuhiro ...

Buoyed by home runs, Hawks hammer Buffaloes

Mar 31, 2015

Buoyed by home runs, Hawks hammer Buffaloes

Yuki Yanagita, Lee Dae-ho and Seiichi Uchikawa each homered to power the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a 7-0 blowout of the Orix Buffaloes on Tuesday night. Kenji Otonari (1-0) threw a four-hit shutout for the win. The left-hander didn’t allow a runner to reach ...

Mar 20, 2015

Kaneko won't start Opening Day for Buffaloes

Orix Buffaloes ace Chihiro Kaneko has been ruled out as the Pacific League club’s Opening Day starter, manager Hiroshi Moriwaki said Friday. “He won’t pitch on March 27,” Moriwaki said of the right-hander who swept the postseason awards last year but had offseason surgery ...