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2015 Japanese Baseball Preview
By JASON COSKREY

May 22, 2015

Buffaloes ace Kaneko set for season debut

Right-hander Chihiro Kaneko, who ran last year’s postseason awards table, is set to return to the mound on Saturday afternoon, in what will be his first game since having shoulder surgery in November. The Orix Buffaloes on Friday announced the 31-year-old Kaneko as their ...

Swallows down BayStars in 11th

May 21, 2015

Swallows down BayStars in 11th

Kazuhiro Hatakeyama singled in the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning to send the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to a 4-3 sayonara victory over the Central League-leading Yokohama BayStars on Thursday. Tetsuto Yamada singled with two outs against right-hander Yota Kosugi, the ...

Miura takes control as BayStars beat Swallows

May 20, 2015

Miura takes control as BayStars beat Swallows

Player-coach Daisuke Miura allowed four hits over eight innings and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo homered twice to lift the Central League-leading Yokohama BayStars to a 2-0 win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows on Wednesday. The 41-year-old Miura improved to 2-0 in two starts this season, both ...

Hawks climb into first place with win over Lions

May 17, 2015

Hawks climb into first place with win over Lions

Jason Standridge threw seven scoreless innings on Sunday as the reigning champion Fukuoka Softbank Hawks took over first place for the first time this season with a 4-1 win over the Seibu Lions. Standridge (5-2) allowed five singles and three walks, while striking out ...

Botched call serves as wakeup call for NPB umps

May 17, 2015

Botched call serves as wakeup call for NPB umps

The bizarre ending of a recent game between the Central League’s Hiroshima Carp and Yomiuri Giants was a wakeup call for umpires, according to participants and veteran umpires. The Carp beat the Giants 3-2 on May 4 at Mazda Stadium because of an umpire’s ...

Baldiris' homer sends BayStars past Carp

May 15, 2015

Baldiris' homer sends BayStars past Carp

Aarom Baldiris hit a two-run home run that put the Central League-leading Yokohama BayStars in front for good in a wild 6-5 win over the Hiroshima Carp. The BayStars overturned a three-run deficit against veteran Hiroki Kuroda with a run in the fourth and ...

Hermida strokes two-run triple to lift Fighters

May 14, 2015

Hermida strokes two-run triple to lift Fighters

Jeremy Hermida unlocked a scoreless pitchers’ duel with a two-run triple to help teammate Shohei Otani to his sixth win of the season as Hokkaido Nippon Ham defeated the Seibu Lions 2-1 on Thursday. With two on and two out in the eighth, Hermida ...

Seguignol grows into role as scout for Giants

May 14, 2015

Seguignol grows into role as scout for Giants

It seems like the only time Yomiuri Giants scout Fernando Seguignol looks back is when it’s to count his blessings. Seguignol played eight seasons in Japan and the baseball culture left an indelible mark on the Panamanian switch hitter. Now in his fourth year ...