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 ...

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 ...

Apr 24, 2016

Banned pitcher Kasahara opens up about gambling

Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Shoki Kasahara, banned indefinitely by Nippon Professional Baseball for betting on baseball, told Kyodo News that gambling in general was customary within his team before he bet on his own sport. “We players were betting money on cards and mahjong ...

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 ...

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Apr 16, 2016

Cruz, relief corps guide Giants past Carp

Luis Cruz drove in two runs, one on a tie-breaking solo homer as the Yomiuri Giants avenged a shutout loss to Hiroki Kuroda by beating the Hiroshima Carp 6-5 in the Central League on Saturday. With the game tied 5-5 in the bottom of ...

Apr 2, 2016

Matsui angry about betting scandal

Former New York Yankee Hideki Matsui admitted Saturday that the recent banning of four Yomiuri Giants pitchers for their involvement in baseball gambling touched a nerve, but he offered no advice to Japanese baseball on how to prevent a reoccurrence of the problem. “It’s ...

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, ...