Giants slugger Lopez belts winning HR in 10th

Apr 1, 2014

Giants slugger Lopez belts winning HR in 10th

Jose Lopez continued his spring power surge with a 10th-inning solo homer as the Yomiuri Giants spoiled the Yokohama BayStars’ home opener on Tuesday with a 2-1, 10-inning victory at Yokohama Stadium. The homer was Lopez’s third of the new season and gave him ...

Wakui roughed up in five-inning debut with Marines

Mar 12, 2014

Wakui roughed up in five-inning debut with Marines

Hideaki Wakui’s fresh start with the Chiba Lotte Marines hit a rough patch on Wednesday, when the right-hander surrendered eight runs in five innings in a 12-5 preseason loss to the Yomiuri Giants. The 27-year-old former Lions ace joined Lotte in the offseason as ...

Jan 8, 2014

Infielder Nioka ready to hang up spikes: source

Slugging infielder Tomohiro Nioka, the MVP of the 2002 Japan Series for the Yomiuri Giants, is set to retire, a Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters source said Wednesday. Nioka, the Giants’ No. 2 pick in the 1998 draft, was traded to Nippon Ham following the ...

Dec 10, 2013

Outfielder Tani to play for Buffaloes

Veteran outfielder Yoshitomo Tani, who has been released by the Yomiuri Giants, will join the Orix Buffaloes in 2014, the Pacific League club said Tuesday. The 40-year-old Tani makes his way back to his former club after a seven-year stint with Japan’s most storied ...

Giants unveil master base stealer Kataoka

Dec 9, 2013

Giants unveil master base stealer Kataoka

Yasuyuki Kataoka, who has joined the Yomiuri Giants in a free-agent deal from the Seibu Lions, said Monday he hopes to steal enough bases to put the two-time defending Central League champions in contention for a Japan Series champion in 2014. “If I can ...

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

Dec 2, 2013

Giants now banking on Kataoka to shore up second base

by Jason Coskrey

The Yomiuri Giants have, at long last, finally found their second baseman. Again. This time it’s Yasuyuki Kataoka, the former Seibu Lions infielder who on Sunday announced his intention to join the two-time defending Central League champions. Kataoka will become the next in a ...