Nov 18, 2015

Lions re-sign Mejia, Kuo

The Seibu Lions have re-signed infielder Ernesto Mejia and right-hander Kuo Chun-lin for next season, the Pacific League team announced Wednesday. Mejia, who led the league with 34 home runs in 2014, struggled during the first half of this season but recovered to hit ...

Lions' Akiyama sets single-season hit mark

Oct 1, 2015

Lions' Akiyama sets single-season hit mark

Seibu Lions leadoff man Shogo Akiyama rewrote Japan’s single-season hit record with his 215th and 216th hits on Thursday in a 4-1 loss to the Orix Buffaloes. Akiyama entered the Lions’ final game of the regular season needing one hit to surpass the 214 ...

Sixth-inning outburst carries Fighters past Lions

Sep 20, 2015

Sixth-inning outburst carries Fighters past Lions

Brandon Laird’s three-run homer capped a seven-run sixth inning as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters came-from-behind to beat the Seibu Lions 9-7 on Sunday and clinch second place in the Pacific League. Ginjiro Sumitani homered and singled to drive in four early runs to ...

Sep 19, 2015

Longtime Lions pitcher Nishiguchi to retire

Right-hander Fumiya Nishiguchi, a 182-game winner for the Seibu Lions, is poised to retire, an informed source said Saturday. The 42-year-old, who is scheduled to make the announcement at a news conference in the coming days, is in his 21st season with Seibu. Nishiguchi ...

Hawks clinch second consecutive PL pennant

Sep 17, 2015

Hawks clinch second consecutive PL pennant

The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks captured their second straight league Pacific League pennant on Thursday and the 19th in franchise history after a 5-3 win over the Seibu Lions. Under rookie skipper Kimiyasu Kudo, the Hawks cruised to the finish line, clinching the pennant with ...

Eagles hurler Norimoto dominates Lions

Sep 14, 2015

Eagles hurler Norimoto dominates Lions

Takahiro Norimoto struck out 11, using his forkball effectively over seven shutout innings as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles blanked the Seibu Lions 3-0 on Monday night. Zealous Wheeler hit a two-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning to put Rakuten in ...

Lions' Akiyama records 200th hit of season

Sep 14, 2015

Lions' Akiyama records 200th hit of season

Seibu Lions outfielder Shogo Akiyama became only the sixth player in Japanese baseball history to record 200 hits in a season during a game against the Chiba Lotte Marines on Sunday. Akiyama, 27, beat out an infield hit to third base in the fifth ...

Hawks rout Lions to extend PL lead

Sep 3, 2015

Hawks rout Lions to extend PL lead

Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks ace Tadashi Settsu repeatedly pitched his way out of trouble to go seven innings and earn the win in a 10-1 rout of the Seibu Lions on Thursday. Mixing his fastball, sinker and curve, Settsu (9-5) allowed just a run on ...

Kishi tames Hawks as Lions run riot

Sep 1, 2015

Kishi tames Hawks as Lions run riot

Takayuki Kishi held the Pacific-League topping Fukuoka Softbank Hawks to two runs in seven innings and the Seibu Lions had four home runs and 18 hits in their 13-3 win on Tuesday. Kishi (4-5) allowed five hits and walked two, striking out five in ...