Yanagita, Yamada top All-Star balloting

Jun 27, 2016

Yanagita, Yamada top All-Star balloting

Yuki Yanagita led all players in the fan balloting for this year’s Central and Pacific league All-Star Games, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Monday. Yanagita, the center fielder for the two-time defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, pulled in 521,685 votes to lead all ...

Jun 27, 2016

Swallows suspend closer Ondrusek for outburst

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows suspended closer Logan Ondrusek on Monday for abusive behavior toward the coaching staff after Sunday’s game, manager Mitsuru Manaka said. Working with a three-run lead in the ninth inning at Jingu Stadium, the Chunichi Dragons loaded the bases with one ...

Jones leads Giants past Swallows

May 14, 2016

Jones leads Giants past Swallows

Garrett Jones scored two runs and had two RBIs on Saturday as the Yomiuri Giants came from a run down to beat the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7-1 in the Central League. Trailing by a run in the second inning at Tokyo Dome, Jones got ...

Swallows sink Carp on sacrifice fly in 10th inning

May 12, 2016

Swallows sink Carp on sacrifice fly in 10th inning

Tomotaka Sakaguchi’s sacrifice fly plated the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Thursday night. Swallows No. 8 hitter Yuhei Nakamura opened the 10th with a ...

Swallows score five in eighth inning to hook Carp

May 11, 2016

Swallows score five in eighth inning to hook Carp

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows scored five runs in the eighth inning as they secured a 5-2 come-from-behind win over the Hiroshima Carp on Wednesday in the Central League. Two singles and a fielder’s choice loaded the bases to force Hiroshima’s Yusuke Nomura (4-2) off ...

BayStars' Kajitani makes immediate impact in return

May 4, 2016

BayStars' Kajitani makes immediate impact in return

Takayuki Kajitani marked his return to the Yokohama BayStars’ lineup by driving in one run and scoring another in a 3-2 victory over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in the Central League on Wednesday afternoon. Before a crowd of 28,940 at Yokohama Stadium, Kajitani, who ...

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 ...