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Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jul 27, 2022
Kotaro Kiyomiya walk-off homer lifts PL in NPB All-Star Game 1
The Fighters infielder connected on Carp ace Masato Morishita's 1-2 fastball with two outs in the ninth inning as the PL edged a tight game before a crowd of 35,534 at PayPay Dome.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jul 6, 2022
Pitching sensation Roki Sasaki earns first NPB All-Star selection
The 20-year-old Chiba Lotte Marines right-hander, who heads the PL with 124 strikeouts, received 304,034 votes to lead the Pacific League's starting pitchers in the balloting.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 8, 2022
BayStars Shota Imanaga hurls no-hitter as Fighters lose five straight
Imanaga issued only one walk in a 117-pitch outing at Sapporo Dome, striking out nine with his Central League team scoring two runs in the ninth inning to help the lefty get the win.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 22, 2022
Kazuya Fujita and Taishi Ota lead BayStars past Tigers
Fujita and Ota were both signed as offseason free agents after they were cast off by the Pacific League's Rakuten Eagles and Nippon Ham Fighters, respectively.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 21, 2022
Gregory Polanco and rookie Taisei Ota clinch Giants win
Polanco, in his first season in Japan after eight years with the Pirates, doubled home Yoshikawa and Sakamoto, capping off Yomiuri's three-run eighth to make it a 4-3 game.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 11, 2022
Roki Sasaki moves on from perfect game to focus on next start
It was the first perfect game in Japan since Hiromi Makihara did it on May 18, 1994, for the Yomiuri Giants, and the 16th the league has ever seen.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 23, 2022
Central League clubs enter 2022 in race to catch Swallows
Yakult, which went from worst to first in 2021, will now face the pressure of trying to defend its throne from five challengers with ambitions of grandeur.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB NOTEBOOK
Nov 22, 2021
Olympic memories and the record books color the 2021 Japan Series
Yoshida and McGough are among the handful of players giving this year's Japan Series a little Olympic flair.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Japan Series
Nov 22, 2021
Young guns: The Japan Series showcases young pitching talent
Throwing the first Japan Series shutout since Takayuki Kishi for the Seibu Lions in 2008, Takahashi became the 13th pitcher to win his debut without allowing a run.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 12, 2021
Lions win draft rights for top pitching prospect Chihiro Sumida
An ecstatic Seibu general manager Hisanobu Watanabe said Sumida can make an 'immediate impact' for the club.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 10, 2021
NPB draft offers no certainties for teams trying to find new stars
Most of the attention at Monday's event will be focused on the early selections, but the class of 2016 is a reminder that there are plenty of diamonds to be found later on.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Sep 3, 2021
Kodai Senga pitches Hawks past Eagles in front of vaccinated fans
In a first for professional sports in Japan, the Hawks were allowed to admit fans who presented proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / The week in NPB
Jul 19, 2021
NPB rolls into Olympic break after eventful first half
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Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 18, 2021
Hawks to play behind closed doors during state of emergency
The Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks will play their home games behind closed doors while Fukuoka Prefecture remains under a state of emergency to curb coronavirus infections, the Pacific League club said Tuesday.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 5, 2021
Angel Sanchez steers Giants to victory over Carp
Angel Sanchez tossed seven shutout innings and Hiroyuki Nakajima drove in the decisive run as the Yomiuri Giants subdued the Hiroshima Carp 4-0 in the Central League on Wednesday.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Apr 25, 2021
Five Central League games postponed until after state of emergency
Nippon Professional Baseball said Sunday it will postpone five Central League games until after the May 11 end of the current coronavirus state of emergency in order to allow the home teams to admit fans.
Japan Times
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Apr 19, 2021
J. League and NPB not moving behind closed doors
Despite a rise in new COVID-19 cases across Japan, neither Nippon Professional Baseball nor the J. League are considering going back to playing behind closed doors.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 31, 2021
Carp's Masato Morishita tames Tigers to first defeat of season
Masato Morishita threw six shutout innings as the Hiroshima Carp won 1-0 to end the Hanshin Tigers' perfect start to the season on Tuesday in the Central League.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB Preview
Mar 26, 2021
Six players to watch in the Pacific League in 2021
Japanese baseball is back, which makes this a great time to single out a few players in the Pacific League who fans should keep an eye on this season.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB Preview
Mar 25, 2021
Six players to watch in the Central League in 2021
Japanese baseball is back on Friday, which makes this a great time to single out a few players in the Central League who fans should keep an eye on this season.

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