Apr 29, 2016

BayStars' Tsutsugo sidelined with muscle strain

Yokohama BayStars cleanup hitter Yoshitomo Tsutsugo was deactivated on Friday due to a muscle strain, the Central League club said. Tsutsugo, who left Thursday’s game against the Chunichi Dragons early, is expected back in a minimum of 10 days. According to manager Alex Ramirez, ...

Apr 28, 2016

BayStars end plan to sign McBride

The Yokohama BayStars have given up on their bid to acquire Matt McBride from the Oakland Athletics’ Triple-A affiliate, it was learned Thursday. The BayStars had reached a broad agreement with McBride, according to club officials, but the deal was scuppered when the 30-year-old ...

Hawks top union's annual payroll ranking for first time

Apr 25, 2016

Hawks top union's annual payroll ranking for first time

An annual survey has ranked the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ payroll as the highest in Japan for the first time, the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association said Monday. According to the union, which has conducted the survey since 1988, the average salary of union members ...

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 ...

BayStars hand Giants first loss of season

Mar 30, 2016

BayStars hand Giants first loss of season

Rookie right-hander Toshiki Sakurai blew a three-run lead and the Yomiuri Giants suffered their first loss of the season as the Yokohama BayStars came from behind to win 6-3 in the Central League on Wednesday. Sakurai (0-1), the No. 1 draft pick last October, ...

Mar 20, 2016

BayStars pitchers took part in annual pool bet

Yokohama BayStars pitchers had been placing annual pool bets on their individual season statistics, the Central League club said Sunday. The BayStars were the final Nippon Professional Baseball team to disclose the results of its inquiries into whether its players had bet on baseball ...

Romak adjusting to game in Japan

Mar 5, 2016

Romak adjusting to game in Japan


Surviving the first few days of spring training is the initial step for most first-year foreign players in their adjustment to life in NPB. Japanese clubs don’t pull many punches during camp early on, and feature a much heavier workload than teams in MLB ...

Feb 18, 2016

Injured Kajitani won't play against Taiwan

Yokohama BayStars outfielder Takayuki Kajitani has pulled out of Japan’s two-game series against Taiwan in March due to an injury, NPB Enterprises announced Thursday. Kajitani, who on Monday was called up for national team duty for the first time since November 2013, suffered an ...

Ex-BayStars player Gourriel defects from Cuba

Feb 9, 2016

Ex-BayStars player Gourriel defects from Cuba

Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure of Yulieski ,a former Yokohama BayStars player, and his brother Lourdes ...

Jan 21, 2016

BayStars acquire Yokohama Stadium operator

The Yokohama BayStars will make the operator of Yokohama Stadium its consolidated subsidiary, the Central League team announced Thursday following the completion of the takeover bid a day earlier. The team began its tender offer on Nov. 24 and acquired 71.12 percent of voting ...