Nov 28, 2014

Jones, Falkenborg not returning to Eagles: source

Designated hitter Andruw Jones and closer Brian Falkenborg have been cut from the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ reserved list and released, an informed source said Friday. The team is looking toward to acquiring foreign players to fill the cleanup hitter and closer roles, but ...

Nov 25, 2014

Eagles, Tigers want to sign Kaneko

The Tohoku Rakuten Godlen Eagles’ managing director indicated Tuesday that the club would pursue free agent right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, the ace of the Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes. A day after Kaneko said he was not inclined to ask Orix to post him to the ...

Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

Oct 23, 2014

Fighters, Eagles grab coveted pitchers in NPB draft

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters grabbed the negotiating rights to Waseda University ace Kohei Arihara, the most sought-after player in Nippon Professional Baseball’s amateur draft on Thursday. Meanwhile, the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles walked off with the nation’s most coveted high school pitcher, Tomohiro Anraku. ...

Oct 14, 2014

Eagles select Okubo as Hoshino's replacement

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles said Tuesday they will appoint Hiromoto Okubo as new manger of the Pacific League club. The 47-year-old Okubo will move up from his role as farm team manager. He will succeed Senichi Hoshino, who last month announced that he ...

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Oct 4, 2014

Buffaloes rout punchless Eagles

Three pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout as the Orix Buffaloes defeated the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 6-0 on Saturday. Takahiro Matsuba (8-1) worked six scoreless innings despite walking eight batters and allowing three hits to earn the win for the Buffaloes, who have ...

Itoi, Shimada power Buffaloes past Eagles

Sep 30, 2014

Itoi, Shimada power Buffaloes past Eagles

Yoshio Itoi and Takuya Shimada each homered in a six-run fourth inning as the Orix Buffaloes overturned a two-run deficit in Tuesday’s 7-3 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Orix ace Chihiro Kaneko (16-5) allowed three runs in seven innings to earn the ...

Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Sep 19, 2014

Eagles' Norimoto throws three-hit shutout

Right-hander Takahiro Norimoto kept the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ slim Pacific League playoff hopes going on Friday with a 1-0 shutout victory over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters. A day after manager Senichi Hoshino announced he would leave the team due to poor results, ...

Eagles manager Hoshino to step down at season's end

Sep 18, 2014

Eagles manager Hoshino to step down at season's end

Senichi Hoshino, who managed the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles to the franchise’s first Japan Series title last season, announced Thursday that he would resign at the end of the current season. Speaking before the club’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Kobo Stadium, the ...

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 ...