Hawks top union's annual payroll ranking for first time

Apr 25, 2016

Hawks top union's annual payroll ranking for first time

An annual survey has ranked the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ payroll as the highest in Japan for the first time, the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association said Monday. According to the union, which has conducted the survey since 1988, the average salary of union members ...

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Apr 21, 2016

Yoh home run helps Fighters tame Lions

Daikan Yoh hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters edged the Seibu Lions 4-3 in the Pacific League on Thursday. Yoh, who made his first start since April 9 following a left-ankle injury, as a designated ...

Mejia, Makita guide Lions past rival Marines

Apr 9, 2016

Mejia, Makita guide Lions past rival Marines

Ernesto Mejia hit a tie-breaking solo homer for the Seibu Lions in their 5-4 Pacific League victory over the Chiba Lotte Marines on Saturday. Before 25,618 at QVC Marine Field, Mejia, who tied for the PL lead with 34 home runs in his first ...

Norimoto strikes out 12 as Eagles slay Lions

Apr 1, 2016

Norimoto strikes out 12 as Eagles slay Lions

Two-time Pacific League strikeout leader Takahiro Norimoto continued amassing whiffs on Friday, when he struck out 12 over eight innings in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ 4-2 win over the Seibu Lions. Norimoto (2-0), who brought his best fastball to the game, allowed two ...

Buffaloes finally hang on to beat Lions

Mar 27, 2016

Buffaloes finally hang on to beat Lions

The Orix Buffaloes managed to hold onto a lead on Sunday, when closer Erik Cordier survived a rough ninth to earn his first save in a 5-4 win over the Seibu Lions. Cordier, who blew a save in his debut on Friday, allowed one ...

Feb 19, 2016

Lions' Kikuchi named Opening Day starter

Lions lefty Yusei Kikuchi will start on Opening Day, Seibu manager Norio Tanabe said Friday. If everything goes according to plan, Kikuchi will make his first Opening Day start on March 25 against the Orix Buffaloes at Seibu Prince Dome. “I want to prepare ...

Lions' Kikuchi delivers heat in intrasquad contest

Feb 18, 2016

Lions' Kikuchi delivers heat in intrasquad contest

Seibu Lions lefty Yusei Kikuchi unleashed some high-velocity fastballs on Thursday when he touched 154 kph (95 mph) in an intrasquad game. The 24-year-old Kikuchi allowed two hits and a run in three innings at the Lions spring training camp. “I threw some good ...