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Carp clobber BayStars to clinch postseason berth

Kris Johnson took over the Central League lead in wins, allowing two runs in six innings before the Hiroshima Carp battered the Yokohama BayStars bullpen in an 8-2 win on Tuesday night. The Carp, who are chasing their first CL pennant since 1991, remain 11 games ahead of the second-place ...

Aug 28, 2016

Matsuzaka makes rehab start for Hawks' farm team

Former big leaguer Daisuke Matsuzaka threw three scoreless innings in a rehab start for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ third team on Sunday. The 35-year-old, who returned to Japan last season after eight years in the big leagues with the Boston Red Sox and New ...

Yanagita pounces on Marines again

Aug 27, 2016

Yanagita pounces on Marines again

Yuki Yanagita erupted for five RBIs as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks hammered the Chiba Lotte Marines for the second straight day on Saturday, winning 14-3 to stay at the top of the Pacific-League standings. Yanagita, who had four RBIs on Friday in the Hawks’ ...

Fighters start strong, hold off Hawks

Aug 21, 2016

Fighters start strong, hold off Hawks

Shohei Otani went 3-for-5 and rookie Takayuki Kato worked six innings on Sunday as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 4-2 to salvage the final game of their three-game series. Kato (5-1) survived a first-inning scare when Akira Nakamura was ...