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Kuroda helps power surging Carp to 11th straight victory

Hiroki Kuroda held the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a run in seven innings and also hit a three-run double as the Central League-leading Hiroshima Carp won 8-1 on Wednesday, claiming their 11th straight game for the first time since 1984. Former big leaguer Kuroda (6-3) allowed three hits and a ...

Yanagita, Yamada top All-Star balloting

Jun 27, 2016

Yanagita, Yamada top All-Star balloting

Yuki Yanagita led all players in the fan balloting for this year’s Central and Pacific league All-Star Games, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Monday. Yanagita, the center fielder for the two-time defending Japan Series champion Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, pulled in 521,685 votes to lead all ...

Jun 27, 2016

Swallows suspend closer Ondrusek for outburst

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows suspended closer Logan Ondrusek on Monday for abusive behavior toward the coaching staff after Sunday’s game, manager Mitsuru Manaka said. Working with a three-run lead in the ninth inning at Jingu Stadium, the Chunichi Dragons loaded the bases with one ...

Tamura helps Marines thump Lions

Jun 26, 2016

Tamura helps Marines thump Lions

Catcher Tatsuhiro Tamura had four hits and three RBIs to help power the Chiba Lotte Marines to a 10-4 thumping of the Seibu Lions in the Pacific League on Sunday afternoon. Tamura doubled, homered and added a late RBI single, and Jason Standridge (5-5) ...

Clutch bats carry BayStars past Giants

Jun 25, 2016

Clutch bats carry BayStars past Giants

Elian Herrera tied it with an eighth-inning double and Masayuki Kuwahara played the hero for the second straight day to lift the Yokohama BayStars to a 7-6 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Saturday. Before 28,446 at Yokohama Stadium, the Giants twice took the ...

Ramirez keeping things simple for BayStars

Jun 23, 2016

Ramirez keeping things simple for BayStars

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After 13 years studying Japanese baseball as a hitter and outfielder, Alex Ramirez is taking a similar approach to his new job as the rookie manager of the Yokohama BayStars. The Venezuelan, the first foreign-born player with 2,000 hits in Nippon Professional Baseball, is ...

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

Jun 22, 2016

Kidokoro picks up interleague MVP award

The season of career minor leaguer Ryuma Kidokoro took another surprising turn on Wednesday, when the 30-year-old was named Nippon Professional Baseball’s interleague MVP. The Hawks’ journeyman, who since 2005 has spent the bulk of his time on the first team as a pinch ...

Jun 21, 2016

Hawks sign Van Den Hurk to three-year extension

Right-hander Rick Van Den Hurk has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, the Pacific League champs announced Tuesday. The deal for the 31-year-old Dutch international is believed to be worth ¥1.2 billion with additional incentives. Van Den Hurk set ...

Tigers beat Buffaloes to finish interleague with win

Jun 20, 2016

Tigers beat Buffaloes to finish interleague with win

Lefty Suguru Iwazaki threw seven scoreless innings and Fumihito Haraguchi broke up a scoreless pitchers’ duel with an eighth-inning home run as the Hanshin Tigers wrapped up this year’s interleague action with a 2-0 win over the Orix Buffaloes on Monday. In a makeup ...

Carp rally past Buffaloes

Jun 19, 2016

Carp rally past Buffaloes

Rookie Ko Shimozuru hit a game-tying, two-run, pinch-hit homer, and Seiya Suzuki drove in the winning run with a home run for the third straight day as the Hiroshima Carp beat the Orix Buffaloes 5-4 on Sunday in interleague. The win was the sixth ...