Kikuchi, Maru lead Golden Glove winners

Nov 8, 2016

Kikuchi, Maru lead Golden Glove winners

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Hiroshima Carp second baseman Ryosuke Kikuchi and outfielder Yoshihiro Maru each made it four Golden Gloves in four years as the recipients of Japanese baseball’s top defensive honor, the Mitsui Golden Glove Award, were revealed on Tuesday. Suzuki, who seems to make a play ...

BayStars make Climax Series debut against rival Giants

Oct 7, 2016

BayStars make Climax Series debut against rival Giants

The Yokohama BayStars, the only team that had not yet played in the Climax Series since the postseason format was introduced in 2007, are up against a postseason regular, the Yomiuri Giants, as their best-of-three first-stage series begins Saturday at Tokyo Dome. Under first-year ...

Wild pitch sends Giants past Dragons in 11th inning

May 20, 2016

Wild pitch sends Giants past Dragons in 11th inning

An 11th-inning wild pitch by Chunichi closer Koji Fukutani broke up a scoreless pitchers’ duel as the Central-League leading Yomiuri Giants defeated the Dragons 2-0 on Friday. Fukutani (1-1) surrendered back-to-back singles to Hayato Sakamoto and Luis Cruz on his first six pitches. After ...

Mejia, Viciedo named NPB's top hitters for April

May 10, 2016

Mejia, Viciedo named NPB's top hitters for April

A pair of first basemen, the Seibu Lions’ Ernesto Mejia and the Chunichi Dragons’ Dayan Viciedo, grabbed the first monthly honors of the Nippon Professional Baseball season on Tuesday. On the pitchers’ side, Pacific League honors went to the Chiba Lotte Marines’ Hideaki Wakui ...

Sugano's scoreless streak halted at 30 innings

Apr 28, 2016

Sugano's scoreless streak halted at 30 innings

Yomiuri Giants starter Tomoyuki Sugano saw his scoreless streak end at 30 innings on Thursday and his team blew a three-run lead in a 3-3 tie after 12 innings against the Hanshin Tigers on Thursday night. Hayato Sakamoto, who went deep twice in Wednesday’s ...

Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Apr 22, 2016

Otosaka spoils Giants' shutout ambitions

Giants closer Hirokazu Sawamura gave up ninth-inning game-tying solo home run as Yomiuri played to a 1-1, 12-inning tie against the Yokohama BayStars in the Central League on Friday. Yokohama pinch hitter Tomo Otosaka led off the ninth with a homer to prevent Yomiuri ...