Oct 5, 2015

Prodigy Anraku sparkles in Eagles debut

Right-hander Tomohiro Anraku, whose huge pitch counts as a high school ace earned him international notice, worked six scoreless innings in his first-team debut on Monday. The 18-year-old Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles rookie walked five batters, while allowing just two hits in a 6-1 ...

Marines keep playoff hopes alive

Oct 3, 2015

Marines keep playoff hopes alive

Yuta Omine allowed just three hits in seven innings to set the Chiba Lotte Marines up for a crucial 2-0 win over the last-place Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon. Needing to win two of their remaining four games to secure the Pacific ...

Pena irked by Okubo's comments

Sep 30, 2015

Pena irked by Okubo's comments

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Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles slugger Wily Mo Pena has taken exception to comments his manager, Hiromoto “Dave” Okubo, made to the media recently. The last-place Eagles have scored the fewest runs (440) in Japan and began Wednesday with the worst team batting average in ...

Eagles skipper Okubo won't return for 2016 season

Sep 22, 2015

Eagles skipper Okubo won't return for 2016 season

First-year Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Hiromoto “Dave” Okubo stated Tuesday that he will step down at the end of the season. The 48-year-old Okubo was promoted to manager this year after serving briefly last season as the interim skipper. The Eagles, who lost ...

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 ...

Nakata delivers stellar outing; Hawks clobber Eagles

Sep 12, 2015

Nakata delivers stellar outing; Hawks clobber Eagles

Kenichi Nakata threw one-run ball and struck out eight over seven innings to lead the front-running Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in a 9-2 rout of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles on Saturday. With their sixth consecutive victory, the Hawks saw their magic number to clinch ...

Sep 11, 2015

Kobo Stadium damaged by heavy rains

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ scheduled game against the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Softbank Hawks on Friday was canceled due to damage at Kobo Stadium caused by Thursday’s widespread flooding in northeastern Japan, the club said. The outfield, bullpen and some spectator seats have been ...

Aug 31, 2015

Lions' Mejia torments Eagles in rout

Ernesto Mejia had four hits, including two home runs, with eight RBIs as the Seibu Lions pounded the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 15-3 on Monday to move up to third in the Pacific League. Mejia hit a grand slam off Rakuten starter Takashi Kawai ...

Aug 29, 2015

Eagles skipper Okubo set to resign

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Hiromoto “Dave” Okubo intends to resign at season’s end to take responsibility for the club’s poor performance, a source said Saturday. In Okubo’s first full season as manager after serving as interim skipper for a spell in 2014, the ...