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 ...

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Apr 3, 2014

Pena belts fifth homer as Buffaloes sweep Eagles

Wily Mo Pena hit his fifth home run of the young season and Kei Igawa pitched five scoreless innings as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-1 on Thursday to complete a three-game road sweep. Igawa (1-0) allowed two hits and ...

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Apr 2, 2014

Eagles rookie Matsui shelled in debut

Marquee Tohoku Rakuten rookie Yuki Matsui got a rude welcome in his first official game Wednesday, allowing three runs in six innings as the Eagles took a 7-1 thumping against the Orix Buffaloes. Matsui (0-1), who turned pro out of high school after being ...

Shiomi guides Eagles to another victory over Lions

Mar 29, 2014

Shiomi guides Eagles to another victory over Lions

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles won for the second day in a row, 5-2 over the Seibu Lions following a victory on Opening Day, getting eight strong innings from lefty Takahiro Shiomi on Saturday afternoon. Shiomi, who was sidelined last season due to a ...

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Mar 13, 2014

Matsui to be in Eagles' season-opening rotation

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles manager Senichi Hoshino announced Thursday that his team’s first draft pick last season, 18-year-old pitcher Yuki Matsui, will be in the starting rotation from opening day. “He’s going to be there, and he’ll be in the front end of the ...