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Hiroshima hurler Kuroda earns 200th career victory

Former big leaguer Hiroki Kuroda picked up his 200th career win in top-flight pro ball after keeping the Hanshin Tigers off the scoreboard through seven innings in the Hiroshima Carp’s 7-0 win on Saturday. Kuroda (7-5), who lost his two starts this month before the All-Star break, finally reached the ...

Jul 21, 2016

Swallows terminate closer Ondrusek's contract

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows parted ways with closer Logan Ondrusek on Thursday. The Swallows terminated Ondrusek’s contract. He had been suspended by the team for abusive behavior after being pulled from a game on June 26. Ondrusek, who asked Yakult to cut him loose, ...

Otani homer helps lift Fighters over Eagles

Jul 20, 2016

Otani homer helps lift Fighters over Eagles

Shohei Otani blasted a three-run, tie-breaking home run and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters pulled away to a 9-3 victory over the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Pacific League on Wednesday afternoon. Before 12,294 at Hokkaido’s Obihiro-no-mori Stadium, the Fighters’ ace pitcher and ...

Jul 20, 2016

NPB set to introduce revised collision rule

Nippon Professional Baseball’s revised collision-prevention guidelines will be put into effect this week, the commissioner’s office announced Wednesday. Starting on Friday, runners will be called out if they clearly initiate contact with fielders while trying to score, while runners whose path to home base ...

Jul 20, 2016

Lions acquire former Fighters, Hawks pitcher Wolfe

The Seibu Lions have signed right-hander Brian Wolfe, the Pacific League club announced Wednesday. The 35-year-old Wolfe has pitched six seasons in Japan, the first four with the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, and the last two with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He has a ...

Jul 17, 2016

Samurai Japan to face Mexico, Netherlands in November

Samurai Japan will play games against Mexico and the Netherlands in November, with an eye on next year’s World Baseball Classic, Nippon Professional Baseball announced Sunday. Mexico is managed by Yomiuri Giants scout Edgar Gonzalez, while the Netherlands team will be managed by San ...