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 ...

Aggressive-minded pitchers find success for Eagles

Oct 30, 2013

Aggressive-minded pitchers find success for Eagles

by Kaz Nagatsuka

You’ve got to play aggressively — that’s one of the cliches that has been used millions of times in sports. And also, that’s one of the things that you can hardly execute, especially at the professional level, because audaciousness sometimes turns to recklessness that ...