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2015 Japanese Baseball Preview
By JASON COSKREY

Matsuzaka tosses bullpen session

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been undergoing rehab for a fatigued right shoulder, threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, his first since March 29. Matsuzaka, 34, tossed ...

Nakamura powers Lions past Buffaloes

May 4, 2015

Nakamura powers Lions past Buffaloes

Takeya Nakamura had the last word on Monday as the Seibu Lions overcame their opponent’s impressive comeback to pull out a 10-6 victory against the Orix Buffaloes. Nakamura’s first hit of the game was a big one. The Lions’ portly cleanup hitter delivered a ...

Giants, Takagi punish Tigers

May 3, 2015

Giants, Takagi punish Tigers

Yomiuri Giants rookie Hayato Takagi had his toughest game of the season, but he still managed to improve to 5-0 on Sunday in a 10-3 win over the defensively challenged Hanshin Tigers. Takagi allowed three runs, two earned, in six innings — the shortest ...

Swallows light up Carp starter Kuroda early

May 1, 2015

Swallows light up Carp starter Kuroda early

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows took advantage of Hiroki Kuroda’s poor command early and held on for a 5-4 victory over the Hiroshima Carp on Friday night. Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa (3-0) allowed three runs in seven innings to earn the win after giving up four ...

Journeyman Caraballo comes good

Apr 29, 2015

Journeyman Caraballo comes good

Francisco Caraballo may know as much about Japan’s baseball back roads as anyone, and armed with that experience, the big Venezuelan is making the most of a second chance with the Orix Buffaloes. As of Tuesday’s games, Caraballo was batting .291 with three home ...

Messenger, Egoshi provide heroics for Tigers

Apr 28, 2015

Messenger, Egoshi provide heroics for Tigers

Randy Messenger labored but gave his team seven innings of one-run ball as the Hanshin Tigers held off the Tokyo Yakult Swallows 3-1 on Tuesday night. Rookie outfielder Taiga Egoshi hit a three-run drive in the second inning off lefty Yoshihisa Naruse (1-3) for ...

Apr 27, 2015

Fighters to hold spring training in Arizona

The Pacific League’s Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters will hold part of their spring training camp next year in Peoria, Arizona, the mega-sports complex used by the San Diego Padres, the club announced Monday. In a tie-up with the Padres, the Fighters will use the ...