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Otani ignites Fighters with bat, arm against Eagles

Slugging ace pitcher Shohei Otani had three hits, while allowing a run in seven innings for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a 12-3 whipping of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Pacific League on Sunday afternoon. Getting a jump on the interleague season which starts Tuesday, the Fighters ...

Streaking BayStars beat Carp

May 28, 2016

Streaking BayStars beat Carp

Rookie Shota Imanaga won his fourth straight start as the Yokohama Baystars won their sixth straight and improved to .500 with a defeat of the Central League front-running Hiroshima Carp 3-1 on Saturday. Before 28,916 at Yokohama stadium, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo hit a two-run homer ...

Ishida's streak ends but BayStars beat Dragons

May 25, 2016

Ishida's streak ends but BayStars beat Dragons

Second-year right-hander Kenta Ishida had a scoreless-inning streak snapped at 26 with a seventh-inning run, but the Yokohama BayStars held on to beat the Chunichi Dragons 4-1 in the Central League on Wednesday and earn their first four-game win streak of the season. At ...

May 24, 2016

Fighters exploring possibility of building own ballpark

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters are considering building a new ballpark in Sapporo or its vicinity, baseball sources said Tuesday. “We owe it to Sapporo Dome for being able to play baseball even when it snowed,” Nippon Ham manager Hideki Kuriyama said. “We are ...

Fighters cruise as Otani blanks Eagles

May 22, 2016

Fighters cruise as Otani blanks Eagles

Shohei Otani threw six shutout innings to claim his second win of the season as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters defeated the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 8-0 on Sunday in the Pacific League. The 21-year-old, who threw two 162 kph pitches in his last ...

Wild pitch sends Giants past Dragons in 11th inning

May 20, 2016

Wild pitch sends Giants past Dragons in 11th inning

An 11th-inning wild pitch by Chunichi closer Koji Fukutani broke up a scoreless pitchers’ duel as the Central-League leading Yomiuri Giants defeated the Dragons 2-0 on Friday. Fukutani (1-1) surrendered back-to-back singles to Hayato Sakamoto and Luis Cruz on his first six pitches. After ...

Lions grab win against Marines ace Wakui

May 19, 2016

Lions grab win against Marines ace Wakui

Kona Takahashi worked six innings to earn his first win of the season as the Seibu Lions beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 2-1 in the Pacific League on Thursday and dealt former Lion Hideaki Wakui his first defeat of the season. Takahashi (1-1) allowed ...

May 19, 2016

Eagles catcher Shima sidelined with broken hand

The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles deactivated catcher Motohiro Shima on Thursday due to a broken bone in his left hand. Shima was hit with a foul tip on Wednesday in the first inning of the Eagles’ 10-2 loss to the Orix Buffaloes and was ...