Carp veteran Arai joins 2,000-hit club

Apr 26, 2016

Carp veteran Arai joins 2,000-hit club

Takahiro Arai reached 2,000 career hits as the 39-year-old helped the Hiroshima Carp defeat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 11-3 in the Central League on Tuesday. With the Carp leading 3-0 after consecutive second-inning solo homers, Arai doubled in a run in the top of ...

Apr 26, 2016

Tokyo 2020 chiefs discuss Jingu Stadium use with officials

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee on Tuesday met for the first time with relevant authorities of Jingu Stadium to discuss the six-month closure of Japan’s second-oldest pro baseball stadium. Olympic organizers met with Meiji Jingu Gaien, which manages the roofless ballpark in Tokyo’s ...

Apr 20, 2016

Tateyama sidelined after elbow surgery

Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Shohei Tateyama is likely to miss the first half of the season after undergoing right elbow surgery on Wednesday, the Central League club said. Tateyama, who returned from his third Tommy John surgery last June, is out for six weeks ...

Apr 5, 2016

Olympic organizers want Jingu shuttered for six months

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee has requested that historic Jingu Stadium be closed for half a year starting in May 2020, an amateur baseball source said Tuesday. The ballpark is a short distance from the Tokyo’s yet-to-be-constructed National Stadium. Jingu, built in 1926, ...

Aoki making progress before fifth season in majors

Mar 14, 2016

Aoki making progress before fifth season in majors

Norichika Aoki said he is finding his feet at the plate on Sunday after going 2-for-2 in a preseason game for the Seattle Mariners. Aoki, who is starting his fifth season in the majors with his fourth club, had a single, a double, a ...

Mar 2, 2016

Akaminai to replace Kawabata for Taiwan games

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles corner infielder Ginji Akaminai has been called up for the Japan national team in place of Tokyo Yakult Swallows third baseman Shingo Kawabata, who has been diagnosed with influenza, for two games against Taiwan this weekend, NPB Enterprises announced Wednesday. ...