Feb 19, 2016

Lions' Kikuchi named Opening Day starter

Lions lefty Yusei Kikuchi will start on Opening Day, Seibu manager Norio Tanabe said Friday. If everything goes according to plan, Kikuchi will make his first Opening Day start on March 25 against the Orix Buffaloes at Seibu Prince Dome. “I want to prepare ...

Lions' Kikuchi delivers heat in intrasquad contest

Feb 18, 2016

Lions' Kikuchi delivers heat in intrasquad contest

Seibu Lions lefty Yusei Kikuchi unleashed some high-velocity fastballs on Thursday when he touched 154 kph (95 mph) in an intrasquad game. The 24-year-old Kikuchi allowed two hits and a run in three innings at the Lions spring training camp. “I threw some good ...

Lions snap losing streak with win over Eagles

Aug 5, 2015

Lions snap losing streak with win over Eagles

Yusei Kikuchi (5-6) worked 6⅔ scoreless innings to help the Seibu Lions snap their franchise-worst 13 game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the Tohoku Rakuten Eagles. Kikuchi, a native of the Tohoku region, allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out ...

Kikuchi shackles Tigers

May 21, 2013

Kikuchi shackles Tigers

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Yusei Kikuchi was nearly untouchable with his heater over eight strong innings as the Seibu Lions defeated the Hanshin Tigers 5-1 in an interleague matchup on Monday. The Lions roared in a five-run fourth to send Hanshin starter Jason Standridge to an early shower, ...