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Buffaloes pitcher Shunpeita Yamashita will be one of the hurlers trying to fill the void left by the departure of ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 28, 2024
Pacific League pennant set to be tight race as Buffaloes chase dynasty in 2024
The Buffaloes path to a fourth straight title is fraught with peril as the Hawks gather their forces for a renewed push for the PL crown.
Former Orix Buffaloes pitcher Alessandro Maestri during an online interview on Feb. 18
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 4, 2024
Ex-Buffalo Maestri guides younger players in Japan return
Maestri is hopeful that nsome players he is coaching will also find their way to pro baseball in Japan.
Outfielder Yutaro Sugimoto (center, right) and other members of the Buffaloes move through a huge crowd of fans in Miyazaki on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 14, 2024
Buffaloes drawing record camp crowd amid recent run of success
The Pacific League club is also holding joint fundraising activities with the Zweigen Kanazawa soccer club to support quake-hit Ishikawa.
Former Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto waves during a news conference in Osaka on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 30, 2023
Yamamoto ready for fresh start with Dodgers
Yamamoto has dominated the Pacific League over the past three seasons to a degree few others have ever approached.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto had a 16-6 record with a career-best 1.21 ERA and 169 strikeouts over 164 innings in 23 games this year, earning him a record MLB deal after a multi-team sweepstakes for his services.
Dec 22, 2023
Yamamoto and Dodgers agree to record 12-year, $325 million deal: report
The 25-year-old right-hander will join Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani as a member of the Dodgers.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto greets the crowd at a fan appreciation event at Kyocera Dome Osaka last month.
Dec 13, 2023
Dodgers, Red Sox and Jays to meet with Yoshinobu Yamamoto
While only one MLB pitcher has ever signed for over $300 million, speculation has Yamamoto potentially landing a deal that would approach that figure.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto, posted by the Orix Buffaloes, won both the Pacific League MVP and his third-straight Sawamura Award in 2023.
Dec 7, 2023
Top MLB free agent Yamamoto to travel to U.S. to meet with Yankees
The report also said New York Mets owner Steve Cohen flew to Japan last week to meet with the right-hander.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto pitches in Japan's World Baseball Classic semifinal game against Mexico at loanDepot park in Miami on March 20.
Dec 5, 2023
Yamamoto among top targets as Winter Meetings underway
The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants are among more than 10 teams said to be pursuing the player.
Orix Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto (left) and Hanshin Tigers rookie Shoki Murakami were named the Pacific League and Central League MVPs, respectively, on Tuesday night.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 29, 2023
Tigers rookie Murakami and Orix ace Yamamoto named MVPs
Yamamoto became the first player since Ichiro Suzuki to win three straight MVP awards, while Murakami also won Central League Rookie of the Year honors.
Tigers players Kento Itohara (left), Fumihito Haraguchi (second from left), Ryutaro Umeno (third from left) and Suguru Iwazaki pose for photos during the team's victory parade in Kobe on Thursday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 24, 2023
Triumphant Tigers and Buffaloes hold parades in Kobe and Osaka
Around 1 million fans attended victory parades for the Tigers and Buffaloes in Kobe and Osaka on Thursday.
Ryoma Nishikawa, one of Japan's most sought-after free agents this offseason, also had a team-high 56 RBIs in his eighth year with the Carp.
Nov 22, 2023
Buffaloes sign free agent outfielder Ryoma Nishikawa
The 28-year-old's new contract is believed to be worth ¥1.2 billion ($8.04 million) or more for four years.
Orix Buffaloes starting pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws against the Seibu Lions during a game at Belluna Dome in Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, on Aug. 23.
Nov 21, 2023
MLB pursuit of Yoshinobu Yamamoto gets underway
The right-hander is projected to sign a long-term deal worth more than $200 million.
Yoshinobu Yamamoto pitches during Game 6 of the Japan Series earlier this month.
Nov 16, 2023
Orix ace Yamamoto headed for record first MLB contract
"He may be the best pitcher we've ever seen come out of Japan," one MLB team's scout said.
Police try to control the crowd in the city of Osaka after the Hanshin Tigers won the Japan Series baseball championship on Nov. 5.
Nov 14, 2023
Civil servants face different treatment at Kansai baseball parades
Kobe and Hyogo government workers working at the parades will be treated as being on duty, but those of the Osaka governments will not be.
The Tigers' Sheldon Neuse (center, No. 7) celebrates with his teammates following his three-run homer in the fourth inning of Game 7 of the Japan Series against the Buffaloes at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 6, 2023
Sheldon Neuse and the catch that ended the Tigers' 38-year drought
For the American, a win in the Japan Series was a perfect ending to a year that did not go the way he had hoped during the regular season.
Hanshin Tigers fans celebrate the team's first Japan Series title in 38 years on Sunday.
Nov 6, 2023
Osaka erupts in celebration as Tigers win Japan Series
A heavy police presence made sure that incidents after past Tigers’ successes would not be repeated.
The Tigers toss manager Akinobu Okada into the air after winning the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 5, 2023
Tigers beat Buffaloes in Game 7 to end 38-year Japan Series drought
The Tigers beat the defending champion Buffaloes in Game 7 to claim their first Japan Series title since 1985.
Buffaloes ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto pumps his fist after retiring the side in the 5th inning of his complete game victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Saturday at Kyocera Dome Osaka.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
Nov 5, 2023
In likely farewell, Yamamoto dazzles one last time for Buffaloes fans
Yamamoto proved his manager right in one of the most important outings of his career Saturday — potentially his last in NPB.
Buffaloes pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto struck out 14 in a complete-game victory over the Tigers in Game 6 of the Japan Series at Kyocera Dome Osaka on Saturday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 4, 2023
Ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto helps Buffaloes force Game 7 in Japan Series
The Buffaloes beat the Tigers to send the Japan Series to Game 7.
Tigers fans make their presence known at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, on Thursday, as Hanshin played Orix in Game 5 of the Japan Series.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 3, 2023
Could the Tigers' curse be over, once and for all?
A win against the Buffaloes on Saturday would see the Tigers victorious in this year's Japan Series.


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