Aug 15, 2016

Japanese baseball Hall of Famer Toyoda dies

Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame inductee and former Nishitetsu Lions infielder Yasumitsu Toyoda died of pneumonia Sunday evening at the age of 81. After joining Nishitetsu (now the Seibu Lions) and winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1953, Toyoda helped the Lions ...

Aug 10, 2016

Reigning CL MVP Yamada deactivated due to rib injury

Tokyo Yakult Swallows second baseman Tetsuto Yamada, who leads the Central League in nearly every offensive category, has been deactivated due to a rib injury, his club said Wednesday. It is unknown when the 24-year-old will be fit. The Swallows are also without 2015 ...

Giants clober CL rival Swallows

Jul 30, 2016

Giants clober CL rival Swallows

Kan Otake threw seven shutout innings as the Yomiuri Giants walloped the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 9-0 in the Central League on Saturday. Otake (3-1) held Yakult to four hits and three walks, while striking out five in a 132-pitch outing, making the most of ...

Jul 30, 2016

Swallows' Hatakeyama done for season

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama, who led the Central League in RBIs last season, will spend the rest of this season rehabilitating, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows announced Saturday. The 33-year-old first baseman, who reached career highs in home runs (26) and RBIs (105) to help propel the ...

Jul 30, 2016

Ex-Swallows pitcher Ondrusek signs with Orioles

Reliever Logan Ondrusek, who parted ways with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows last week, has signed a major league contract with the Baltimore Orioles, the team said on Friday. Ondrusek, 31, went 8-3 with a 2.17 ERA in 102 games over two years with the ...

Jul 21, 2016

Swallows terminate closer Ondrusek's contract

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows parted ways with closer Logan Ondrusek on Thursday. The Swallows terminated Ondrusek’s contract. He had been suspended by the team for abusive behavior after being pulled from a game on June 26. Ondrusek, who asked Yakult to cut him loose, ...