Japanese Baseball

Tigers players Kento Itohara (left), Fumihito Haraguchi (second from left), Ryutaro Umeno (third from left) and Suguru Iwazaki pose for photos during the team's victory parade in Kobe on Thursday.
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Nov 24, 2023
Triumphant Tigers and Buffaloes hold parades in Kobe and Osaka
Around 1 million fans attended victory parades for the Tigers and Buffaloes in Kobe and Osaka on Thursday.
Shota Imanaga speaks during a news conference at Yokohama Stadium on Monday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 13, 2023
BayStars lefty Shota Imanaga hoping to face Shohei Ohtani in MLB
The BayStars have given the 30-year-old pitcher permission to use the posting system this offseason.
Hanshin second baseman Takumu Nakano (right) and outfielder Koji Chikamoto were among the team's five Golden Glove winners this season.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 10, 2023
Japan Series champion Tigers lead way with five Golden Glove winners
The Tigers set a franchise record with five Golden Glove selections.
The Tigers' Sheldon Neuse (center, No. 7) celebrates with his teammates following his three-run homer in the fourth inning of Game 7 of the Japan Series against the Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 6, 2023
Sheldon Neuse and the catch that ended the Tigers' 38-year drought
For the American, a win in the Japan Series was a perfect ending to a year that did not go the way he had hoped during the regular season.
Buffaloes starter Yoshinobu Yamamoto pitches against the Tigers in Game 6 of the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 5, 2023
Buffaloes to allow ace pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto to move to MLB
The move was widely expected before the Buffaloes made it official.
The Tigers toss manager Akinobu Okada into the air after winning the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 5, 2023
Tigers beat Buffaloes in Game 7 to end 38-year Japan Series drought
The Tigers beat the defending champion Buffaloes in Game 7 to claim their first Japan Series title since 1985.
Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto pumps his fist after retiring the side in the 5th inning of his complete game victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
In likely farewell, Yamamoto dazzles one last time for Buffaloes fans
Yamamoto proved his manager right in one of the most important outings of his career Saturday — potentially his last in NPB.


Yoshiko Koide sits in a classroom at Nagoya College where she teaches a Japanese-language observation seminar.
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