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Baseball / MLB Apr 3, 2004

Tigers hand Giants a mauling

The next time the Yomiuri Giants go shopping, they might want to consider a few good relief pitchers. The Hanshin Tigers tagged the Yomiuri bullpen for six runs in the eighth inning as the defending Central League champions rallied for an 8-3 victory over the ...

Baseball / MLB Apr 1, 2004

Matsui rips homer as Yanks win

Now that's more like it. A day after dropping the season opener to A.L. East doormat Tampa Bay, Hideki Matsui and the Bronx Bombers came out with all guns blazing, bashing out 11 hits and four homers as the New York Yankees demolished the ...

Baseball / MLB Mar 31, 2004

Devil Rays sting Yankees

This wasn't in the script. A full house came out to cheer on Hideki Matsui and the New York Yankees at Tokyo Dome but Tino Martinez and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays put on a show of their own, upsetting the defending American League champion ...

Baseball / MLB Mar 28, 2004

Marines rock Matsuzaka on Opening Day

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. -- Bobby Valentine has said over and over that he wants to have fun this season. Well, the fun has started. Chiba Lotte's Lee Seung Yeop, who hit 56 home runs last season in South Korea, hits a run-scoring double off Seibu Lions ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 17, 2003

Tigers poised to pounce

The last time the Hanshin Tigers went to the Japan Series, they had to scratch and claw their way through seven games to win their first championship. This year will probably be no different. Make no mistake -- Hanshin pounced on the rest of the CL ...

Baseball / MLB Jul 17, 2003

Tigers dominate as CL tops PL

CHIBA -- With a little help from his new Hanshin Tigers teammates, Hideki Irabu made a triumphant return to his old stomping grounds. Tomoaki Kanemoto of the Hanshin Tigers (right) smiles as he walks past teammate Hideki Irabu after hitting a solo home run at ...

Baseball / MLB Apr 16, 2003

Arakaki sinks Marines for first professional win

CHIBA -- Nagisa Arakaki finally showed the form that made him the most coveted player in last November's amateur draft. Arakaki went the distance -- striking out nine batters and allowing just one run on six hits and a walk -- for his first professional ...

Baseball / MLB Apr 5, 2003

Daiei spoils Hillman's home debut as Hawks beat up Fighters

Kazumi Saito went the distance, scattering six hits and notching eight strikeouts, as the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks spoiled Nippon Ham manager Trey Hillman's home debut with a 5-1 win Friday night before a crowd of 24,000 at Tokyo Dome. Kenji Jojima paced the Hawks' ...

Baseball / MLB Mar 29, 2003

Giants fall in opener

Back to the old drawing board. If the Yomiuri Giants were hoping that Roberto Petagine would make a smooth transition to his new position in the outfield, they were probably disappointed Friday night. Petagine, a two-time Golden Glove first baseman with the Yakult Swallows before joining ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 16, 2002

Big, bad Wolf devours Japanese All-Star team

After giving up 29 runs in the last four games, the major league pitchers finally put on an All-Star display. Philadelphia Phillies southpaw Randy Wolf held the Japanese All-Stars to one hit and a walk in six innings to lead the big leaguers to a ...