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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB Preview
Mar 24, 2021
Central League teams out to end Giants’ reign at top
The first of a two-part NPB preview beginning with the 2021 Central League.
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OLYMPICS
Mar 21, 2021
Japanese fans have attended sporting events since July. Will they be safe at the Olympics?
Thorough countermeasures and restrictions on active support introduced by the country's professional sports leagues have allowed large crowds back into stadiums.
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SPORTS
Mar 19, 2021
Foreign athletes and coaches will be allowed to enter Japan from Monday
Dozens of players and coaches will have missed the start of the J. League and NPB seasons due to travel restrictions that went into effect in January.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 28, 2021
Former Yankee Masahiro Tanaka to start Game 2 for Rakuten
Former New York Yankee Masahiro Tanaka will open the season as the second starting pitcher in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles rotation, manager Kazuhisa Ishii said Saturday.
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SPORTS
Feb 8, 2021
NPB and J. League to push for shorter quarantines for athletes
Both leagues hope to hasten the integration of dozens of players and coaches who are waiting to enter the country and join their teams ahead of their respective seasons.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 2, 2021
NPB spring training begins quietly in Japan amid coronavirus surge
Fans have been shut out of parks while all players, managers, coaches and staff had to undergo PCR testing before reporting to their respective camps.
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Jan 25, 2021
NPB and J. League hope to avoid burdening local governments during training camps
Nippon Professional Baseball and the J. League want teams to focus on making sure players and staff members don't become infected with COVID-19 during training camps.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 21, 2021
NPB lays out plans for 2021 season
Teams will begin their spring camps as scheduled on Feb. 1 in Miyazaki and Okinawa prefectures, though they'll do so with no fans present.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Nov 27, 2020
Incident-free Japan Series could aid push for fans to attend Olympics
NPB's ability to admit just under 70,000 fans to the series' four games, held across two cities in domed venues, may provide hints to organizers aiming to pack Tokyo 2020 stands next summer.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 11, 2020
Hanshin pitching icon Kyuji Fujikawa calls it quits after 22 years
Hanshin Tigers pitching icon Kyuji Fujikawa brought down the curtain on his 22-year career Tuesday following his team's 4-0 loss to Central League champions the Yomiuri Giants.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 27, 2020
Hanshin and Rakuten win rights for draft's coveted top prospects
The Tigers bested a crowded field to get first crack at Kindai slugger Teruaki Sato, while the Eagles won a fierce battle for Waseda pitcher Takahisa Hayakawa.
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Oct 19, 2020
NPB-J. League COVID-19 task force to take more data-oriented approach to virus issue
The sports bodies have sought input from epidemiologists and other experts as they seek ways to boost attendance at games.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 6, 2020
Eleven Lotte Marines players and staff infected with coronavirus
The news came just a day after the NPB-J. League COVID-19 task force said the two leagues would explore the possibility allowing more fans to attend games.
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SPORTS
Sep 8, 2020
NPB and J. League call on government to raise crowd limits
The two leagues, citing the success of anti-COVID countermeasures, said they should be allowed to welcome up to 20,000 fans at larger venues.
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Sep 7, 2020
NPB, J. League will ask Japan's government to relax attendance limits
The existing cap of 5,000 attendees doesn't account for the varying capacities and seating arrangements of the stadiums in each circuit.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 16, 2020
Swallows' Yasuhiro Ogawa fires Japanese pro ball's 93rd no-hitter
Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander Yasuhiro Ogawa threw the first no-hitter of the season on Saturday and the first of his career in a 9-0 Central League win over the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.
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SPORTS
Aug 11, 2020
NPB and J. League hope to continue play even if positive cases found
Following recent infections of players in both leagues, the two competitions discussed strategies to improve the speed and accuracy of contact tracing.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 2, 2020
Hawks' Ryoya Kurihara, Shuta Ishikawa overpower Lions
Ryoya Kurihara belted a three-run first-inning home run and Shuta Ishikawa threw a one-hitter as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks beat the Pacific League champion Seibu Lions 4-0 on Saturday afternoon.
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BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jul 31, 2020
Swallows' Keiji Takahashi outduels Tigers' Shintaro Fujinami
Unheralded lefty Keiji Takahashi pitched and fielded his position well over eight innings for the Yakult Swallows in a 6-0 Central League win over the Hanshin Tigers on Thursday.
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Jul 23, 2020
NPB to keep current restrictions on fan attendance in place through August
Nippon Professional Baseball announced Thursday that restrictions on the number of fans who can attend games will remain in place through the end of August as Japan experiences a rising number of COVID-19 infections.

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