Baseball / MLB Nov 10, 2002

'Godzilla' is just getting warmed up

Hideki Matsui may not have cleared the fences, but that doesn't mean he failed to impress. Matsui, appearing in his first game since announcing he wants to play in the big leagues, went 1-for-3 with a single to right field in the seventh inning in ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 9, 2002

Gagne admires teammates Ishii, Nomo

There's one good thing about Kazuhisa Ishii not playing in the Japan-MLB All-Star Tour. Los Angeles Dodgers relief ace Eric Gagne may finally get to keep a few souvenirs -- something that seldom happened during the regular season when Ishii was pitching. "Kazu would ask me ...

Baseball / MLB Nov 6, 2002

Hillman takes Fighters' helm

Anyone hoping the Nippon Ham Fighters' new American manager will shake things up may be in for a disappointment. The only big change Trey Hillman has in mind is in the win column. Trey Hillman, the new manager of the Nippon Ham Fighters, is hoping to ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 30, 2002

Giants move a step closer

TOKOROZAWA, Saitama Pref. -- The Yomiuri Giants put a third nail in the Seibu Lions' coffin Tuesday night with a 10-2 win in Game 3 of the Japan Series before a crowd of 30,933 at the Seibu Dome. Kazuhiro Kiyohara tied the game with his ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 29, 2002

Lions find that 'Ihara magic' is all smoke and mirrors

If the Seibu Lions lose the Japan Series, don't be surprised if the team hauls Haruki Ihara to court. The charge: managerial malpractice. After Sunday's loss to the Yomiuri Giants in Game 2, Lions slugger Alex Cabrera growled: "I want to win. I worked hard all ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 28, 2002

Giants take 2-0 series lead

It took just two games for the Seibu Lions to evolve into another species: underdogs. The Yomiuri Giants rapped out seven hits in a six-run third inning to beat the Lions 9-4 in Game 2 of the Japan Series Sunday night at the Tokyo Dome. Hideki ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 16, 2002

Lions' Cabrera finishes on 55

CHIBA -- Alex Cabrera will have to wait another year for a chance to erase Sadaharu Oh and Tuffy Rhodes from the record books. Cabrera, who tied the Japan single-season record on Oct. 2 with his 55th home run, couldn't find the one perfect pitch ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 14, 2002

Cabrera gets one last shot at home run record

Tuffy Rhodes has been there, done that. Well, almost. That's why the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes outfielder has been keeping a close eye on Alex Cabrera's quest to break Japan's single-season home run record. Last year's home run king Tuffy Rhodes (right) is hoping Alex Cabrera can hit ...

Baseball / MLB Oct 7, 2002

Time running short for Cabrera

Seibu Lions slugger Alex Cabrera got a hit in Sunday's game against the Nippon Ham Fighters, but not the one he wanted. Seibu's Alex Cabrera looks disappointed after getting walked by the Nippon Ham Fighters in the eighth inning. Cabrera, currently tied for the single-season record ...