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 ...

Dec 9, 2015

Norimoto likely to get ball for Rakuten in 2016 opener

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Masataka Nashida on Wednesday indicated he will pin his hopes on Takahiro Norimoto for next season’s opening game against the Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. It will make the 25-year-old Norimoto the first NPB pitcher to start four ...

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 ...

Mar 17, 2015

Eagles hurler Norimoto named Opening Day starter

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles right-hander Takahiro Norimoto will pitch his team’s Opening Day, manager Hiromoto Okubo said Tuesday. Norimoto, 24, will be the starting pitcher for the third straight year since his rookie season. He is only the second player since the start of ...

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Aug 24, 2014

Norimoto displays dominant form against Buffaloes

Takahiro Norimoto threw eight shutout innings on Saturday as the cellar-dwelling Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the pennant-contending Orix Buffaloes 2-0. Before 24,593 at Kyocera Dome, Norimoto (11-8), the Pacific League’s 2013 Rookie of the Year, allowed three hits, walked three batters and hit ...

Jul 8, 2014

June MVP winners announced

Yokohama BayStars right-hander Shun Yamaguchi and Hiroshima Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi won the monthly MVP awards for pitchers and position players, respectively, in the Central League for the month of June, it was announced on Tuesday. The Pacific League monthly MVPs went to ...

Norimoto tosses shutout against Giants

May 28, 2014

Norimoto tosses shutout against Giants

Second-year right-hander Takahiro Norimoto sparkled in an interleague rematch of last year’s Japan Series combatants, throwing a three-hitter as the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles defeated the Yomiuri Giants 4-0 on Wednesday. Norimoto (6-3) held the hosts hitless at Tokyo Dome for 5⅔ innings before Daisuke ...

Ogawa, Norimoto win Rookie of the Year awards

Nov 25, 2013

Ogawa, Norimoto win Rookie of the Year awards

Right-handers Yasuhiro Ogawa of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and Takahiro Norimoto of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles were named Rookie of the Year on Monday in the Central and Pacific Leagues, respectively. The 23-year-old Ogawa garnered 252 of 273 eligible votes in the CL ...