Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Jun 28, 2017

Despaigne homer lifts Hawks past Fighters

Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking, eighth-inning home run, the fourth of the game for the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in a 6-5 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters on Wednesday night. Before 34,708 at Yafuoku Dome, Despaigne got a high 155-kph fastball from closer Chris ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Feb 11, 2017

Hawks acquire slugger Despaigne

The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks added three years worth of offensive firepower on Saturday, when they completed the long-anticipated deal with star Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne. The 30-year-old outfielder and designated hitter spent the past two-and-a-half seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines. He has batted .277 ...

Despaigne, Marines overpower Hawks

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Apr 6, 2016

Despaigne, Marines overpower Hawks

Alfredo Despaigne hit a tie-breaking solo homer off reliever Dennis Sarfate on Wednesday as the Chiba Lotte Marines knocked off the defending Pacific League champs 4-3. "I'm really happy with my first home run and that it came off a team as strong as SoftBank ...

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Aug 21, 2014

Ailing slugger Despaigne deactivated

Newly acquired Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne has been deactivated from the Chiba Lotte Marines active roster after being diagnosed with a lower back injury, the Pacific League club said Thursday. Despaigne complained of pain in his right midriff and was replaced during the Marines' 8-2 ...