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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Jan 12, 2015
Fighters' Saito braces for vital year
Yuki Saito is hard at work in Chiba, at Kamagaya Stadium, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters' ni-gun base, these days. He's busy preparing for the upcoming season, which might turn out to be a pivotal one for the star pitcher.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Jan 10, 2015
Toritani may have thrived in majors
Two seasons ago, when it was thought Takashi Toritani was considering a move to MLB, many of the Pacific Rim scouts coming in and out of Japan were mostly lukewarm about his MLB prospects. They may had been fooled into thinking he was on a sharp decline by a decent, but un-Toritani-like year in 2011...
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Dec 20, 2014
Little sizzle found during NPB winter
Where will Chihiro Kaneko and Takashi Toritani be playing next season?
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Nov 22, 2014
Dueling goals drove Samurai Japan
One way of looking at Samurai Japan's victory in the MLB-Japan All-Star Series is from the point of view that the Japanese team proved once again it could hold its own against the major leaguers.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Nov 17, 2014
Impressive Otani to get another shot at MLB hitters
When it comes to Shohei Otani, the idea of him one day playing in the major leagues is often discussed with an assuredness that implies most believe a move to the majors is a matter of when, not if. Otani got that ball rolling himself by boldly declaring he was going to MLB straight out of high school,...
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Nov 8, 2014
Fateful decision in Japan put Soriano on path to MLB
Alfonso Soriano said on Tuesday that he was hanging up his cleats for good after 16 seasons in the major leagues. Soriano, who really exploded on the scene in 2001, his third with the New York Yankees, walks away with a career .270 average, 412 home runs and 1,159 RBIs.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Nov 3, 2014
Tigers can only lick wounds after falling short of goal in Japan Series
For 29 years, diehard Hanshin Tigers fans have waited for the club add to its lone Japan Series title, won in 1985, and for a while it looked like 2014 might mark the end of the drought.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Oct 31, 2014
Singular focus propels Hawks to Japan Series crown
On the podium after winning the Japan Series, standing before over 35,000 screaming Fukuoka Softbank Hawks fans, Seiichi Uchikawa dispelled one of the popular narratives of the Hawks' push for the title.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Oct 27, 2014
Takeda comes of age with Tigers-taming performance
Shota Takeda stood at the center of a maelstrom during the sixth inning in Game 2 of the Japan Series. The Hanshin Tigers were rallying, and their fans, who in their home ballpark might be Japan's loudest on a normal day, were practically roaring at the prospect of their team, which had a runner on second,...
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Oct 20, 2014
Tigers had right touch during final stage of CL Climax Series
The final stage of the Central League Climax Series was all about clutch plays. More so, the ones the Hanshin Tigers made at the plate and all over the field, and the stench of missed opportunity that lingered after most of the Yomiuri Giants' half-innings.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Oct 12, 2014
Playoff system selling Japanese baseball short
The Hanshin Tigers and Hiroshima Carp on Sunday played a hotly contested, tense, and entertaining game full of momentum shifts and almost everything anyone — anyone who likes pitching and defense at least — would want out of a playoff game in which one team's season was on the line.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Oct 6, 2014
Nakahata expects BayStars to shine brighter in future
For teams outside the postseason, this is the time of year when anyone within shouting distance of a microphone begins to implore fans to look to next year, when things, in theory, will be better.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Sep 27, 2014
Hard work pays off for gutsy Giants
The Yomiuri Giants made it three Central League pennants in three seasons on Friday night in Yokohama.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Sep 8, 2014
Otani may create unique challenge
Shohei Otani has proven this season that he's a talent unlike any other Japanese baseball has seen over the course of a full season. There are better hitters and better pitchers (though maybe not for long), but no one who can do both simultaneously as well as Otani has for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters...
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Sep 1, 2014
Cuban stars battle minor injuries during first year in Japan
Cuban slugger Alfredo Despaigne returned to the Chiba Lotte Marines lineup Sunday afternoon after a few days of convalescing from the discomfort in his left side that had kept him out since Aug. 22.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Aug 25, 2014
Big decision looms for ace Kaneko
For Chihiro Kaneko, it starts now. The questions about his future and the maelstrom of media attention that will have grown to a fevered pitch by the time it's time to face the issue.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Aug 18, 2014
Miura adding to legacy with recent success for BayStars
Daisuke Miura is turning back the clock in Yokohama.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Aug 4, 2014
Tigers face annual 'road trip of death' in midst of CL race
Should the Hanshin Tigers be worried about the "road trip of death?" Sure, it sounds ominous, as do most things when you tack "of death" onto the end, but it's not nearly as bad as in the past. Either way, the team has to face it now.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Jul 28, 2014
Orix, Softbank have to be wary of spoilers in PL race
While the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Orix Buffaloes vie for position at the top of the Pacific League standings, it's the four teams behind them who may hold the real key to winning the Pa League pennant.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / HIT AND RUN
Jul 21, 2014
Contenders begin second half with eyes on prize
While the NPB All-Star Series doesn't land exactly at the midpoint of the season it splits the year in two very well symbolically if not mathematically. No matter how you slice it, the regular season resumed on Monday, signaling the start of a two month race to the finish line.

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