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Fighters hurler Uwasawa tames Hawks

/ Jul 9, 2017

Fighters hurler Uwasawa tames Hawks

Naoyuki Uwasawa allowed five hits over seven innings as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters knocked off the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks 2-0 on Sunday. Uwasawa (2-2) came up with some big pitches and the Fighters came up with three run-saving plays as three pitchers ...

Ruthless BayStars slay Dragons

/ Jul 8, 2017

Ruthless BayStars slay Dragons

Shoichi Ino struck out a season-high nine over seven innings and two relievers provided perfect relief as the Yokohama BayStars whipped the Chunichi Dragons 9-0 on Saturday. Ino (4-4), who allowed five hits, walked a batter and hit one, and struck out four of the ...

/ 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 ...