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/ Jul 7, 2017

Iwase wins first monthly honor in 12 years

The Central League Pitcher of the Month Award continued to be a surprise following Friday's announcement of the Chunichi Dragons' Hitoki Iwase as the winner for June. Selectors generally hand the honor to a starting pitcher with three or more wins, fewer than two losses ...

Maru clouts two homers as Carp edge Giants

/ Jul 6, 2017

Maru clouts two homers as Carp edge Giants

Yoshihiro Maru's two home runs tipped a see-saw game the Hiroshima Carp's way in a 6-5 win over the Yomiuri Giants on Thursday night. Before 31,255 at Hiroshima's Mazda Stadum, the Carp scored for the first time in three games to overturn an early two-run ...

/ Jul 6, 2017

BayStars acquire reliever Escobar for backup catcher

The DeNA BayStars bolstered their bullpen on Thursday, when they announced the acquisition of first-year foreign pitcher Edwin Escobar in a trade with the Nippon Ham Fighters. The 25-year-old Venezuelan moves to DeNA, where he'll play for his countryman, manager Alex Ramirez. In exchange, the ...

Sugano shines as Giants shut out Carp again

/ Jul 5, 2017

Sugano shines as Giants shut out Carp again

The Yomiuri Giants blanked the first-place Hiroshima Carp for the second straight night, this time with ace Tomoyuki Sugano throwing six scoreless innings in a 5-0 win Wednesday. Pitching on four days' rest for the first time since September 2015, Sugano (8-4) picked up his ...

/ Jul 3, 2017

Managers make final picks for All-Star series

Pacific League manager Hideki Kuriyama and his Central League counterpart Koichi Ogata completed their rosters on Monday ahead of this month's All-Star series. The final tally for roster spots leaves the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks, a perennial PL powerhouse, and the Hiroshima Carp, the CL-leaders and ...

Hawks rally to sink Eagles

/ Jul 2, 2017

Hawks rally to sink Eagles

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks rallied against Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles star starter Takayuki Kishi and closer Yuki Matsui in the eighth inning to earn a 5-4 win on Sunday. A day after the Hawks called on closer Dennis Sarfate to get them out of trouble ...