Eagles rally past Tigers in ninth

Jun 3, 2014

Eagles rally past Tigers in ninth

Akihisa Makida celebrated his 32nd birthday in grand fashion, completing a ninth-inning comeback with a two-run sayonara double to lift the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 4-3 interleague victory over the Hanshin Tigers. It was a stunning reversal of fortune after Tigers starter ...

Bowker relishing second chance

| Jun 2, 2014

Bowker relishing second chance

by Jason Coskrey

John Bowker’s second chance presented itself one morning in late April. Bowker was just sitting down for breakfast at his apartment in Campeche, a port city on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, when his telephone rang. He answered the call to find a scout from the ...

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 ...

Eagles skipper Hoshino sidelined by herniated disk

May 27, 2014

Eagles skipper Hoshino sidelined by herniated disk

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino, who is taking time off due to lower back pain, has been diagnosed with a lumbar herniated disk and a serious disease that causes compression of the spinal nerve roots, the team announced on Tuesday. The ailment ...

Eagles' Norimoto throws two-hit shutout

May 22, 2014

Eagles' Norimoto throws two-hit shutout

Takahiro Norimoto threw a two-hitter for his second shutout of the season, Kazuya Fujita delivered a two-run single and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles blanked the Yokohama BayStars 4-0 in a rain makeup game on Thursday night in Sendai. Norimoto (5-3), the 2013 Pacific ...

Apr 29, 2014

Eagles' Youkilis plagued by inflammation in left foot

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles first baseman Kevin Youkilis, who has been deactivated with an injury, was diagnosed with inflammation in muscle tendons in the sole of his left foot, the team announced Tuesday. Youkilis was examined at a hospital in Sendai on Monday. It ...

Struggles common for H.S. hurlers

Apr 28, 2014

Struggles common for H.S. hurlers

by Jason Coskrey

Five teams chose left-hander Yuki Matsui in the first round of the 2013 draft. When it was time for the lottery for his rights, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles sent president Yozo Tachibana — manager Senichi Hoshino said he was saving his luck for ...

Otani survives scrapes as Fighters beat Eagles

Apr 20, 2014

Otani survives scrapes as Fighters beat Eagles

Shohei Otani (2-0) pitched out of a series of scrapes on Sunday to work into the seventh inning and earn the victory in the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters’ 4-2 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Otani, a .385 hitter in 39 at-bats as ...

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

Apr 11, 2014

Imae powers Marines past Eagles

by Jason Coskrey

The wind may have affected Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles pitcher Takahiro Norimoto on Friday night, but not nearly as much as Toshiaki Imae’s bat did. Imae hit a towering home run in the second and hit a tie-breaking double in the fifth to back ...