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 ...

Kaneko to stay with Buffaloes

Dec 24, 2014

Kaneko to stay with Buffaloes

Right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, this year’s Pacific League MVP and Sawamura Award winner, is staying with the Orix Buffaloes. Kaneko, being chased by a number of Japanese clubs including the Hanshin Tigers, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles and the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, on Wednesday put ...

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Dec 17, 2014

Tigers prepare bid for Sawamura Award winner Kaneko

Hanshin Tigers general manager Katsuhiro Nakamura said Wednesday that the Central League club is ready to spend on free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, but will not break the bank to bring in this year’s Sawamura Award winner. “We’ve put it (an offer) together, and ...

Dec 6, 2014

Buffaloes sign Blanco, Bullington

The Orix Buffaloes have signed slugger Tony Blanco and Bryan Bullington, who were released from the Yokohama BayStars and Hiroshima Carp, respectively. First baseman Blanco, 34, figures to make an estimated ¥500 million over two years, while right-hander Bullington, 34, has agreed to a ...

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Dec 5, 2014

Buffaloes snap up local hero Nakajima

Four-time Best IX shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima is returning to Japan on a three-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes, the Pacific League team said Friday. The deal is for ¥1.2 billion. The 32-year-old Nakajima spent the last two years in the United States in the ...

Nov 29, 2014

Sawamura Award winner Kaneko undergoes elbow surgery

Pacific League MVP and Sawamura Award winner Chihiro Kaneko had bone cartilage cleaned from his right elbow for the second time on Saturday, the Orix Buffaloes said. According to Orix, the 31-year-old Kaneko, who has filed for free agency, will need at least three ...