Tag - tokyo-yakult-swallows



The Tigers' Teruaki Sato has hit at least 20 home runs in three straight seasons.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Mar 28, 2024
Tigers remain the Central League's team to beat as rival Giants loom
While Hanshin may be favored to repeat, the rest of the league will be waiting to pounce should the Kansai club falter.
Swallows slugger Munetaka Murakami takes a swing during batting practice earlier this month.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 11, 2024
Swallows' Murakami aims for second Triple Crown and team rebound
The young slugger struggled last year and the Swallows followed suit by sinking to fifth place in the Central League.
Yakult's Munetaka Murakami after finalizing contract negotiations, in Tokyo on Tuesday
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Dec 13, 2023
Yakult slugger Murakami to earn ¥600 million again next year
The annual salary, one of the highest reported in Nippon Professional Baseball, remains unchanged from the last year.
Former Yakult Swallows catcher Atsuya Furuta (left) reunites with former teammate and current Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo ahead of Game 3 of the MLB World Series at Chase Field in Phoenix on Monday.
Nov 3, 2023
Diamondbacks manager revels in Japan lessons
"The lessons I learned were that the tedious work habits pay off," Torey Lovullo said.
The Giants splash Makoto Kadowaki (second from left) with water after their win over the Swallows at Tokyo Dome on Sunday.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Sep 17, 2023
Makoto Kadowaki lifts Giants to important win over Swallows
Makoto Kadowaki connected on his first walk-off hit to give the Giants a win over the Swallows.
Infielder Jose Osuna is two home runs away from his second straight 20-homer season for the Swallows.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 25, 2023
Confident Jose Osuna says Swallows just have to keep fighting
Jose Osuna still has faith in the Swallows despite the team's underwhelming performance this season.
Swallows starter Taichi Yamano threw seven scoreless innings against the Giants to earn his first pro win on Tuesday at Tokyo Dome.
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Aug 1, 2023
Taichi Yamano finally lives dream after nightmare debut
Yamano threw seven scoreless innings for his first career win.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jun 2, 2023
Shingo Kawabata provides spark as Swallows earn first win since May 14
The Swallows had one tie and 12 losses in their previous 13 games.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 19, 2023
Hayato Sakamoto hits three-run blast as Giants complete sweep of Swallows
Sakamoto, the 2019 CL MVP, has shown signs of recovery at the plate after struggling to a .186 batting average in the first month of the season.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
May 2, 2023
Jose Osuna hits two home runs to power Swallows to win over Giants
Osuna broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run home run.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
May 1, 2023
Swallows star Munetaka Murakami mired in prolonged slump early in NPB season
Any thoughts that Murakami’s clutch hits in the two biggest games of the WBC would get him going have been quickly dispelled.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / NPB Preview
Mar 30, 2023
Central League rivals hoping to prevent Swallows three-peat in 2023
Hanshin’s pitching staff has turned run prevention into an art. If the hurlers get more help from the batters, Hanshin can win the pennant.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 24, 2023
Cheering returns to Japanese baseball as NPB enters preseason
Fans welcomed the start of Japanese pro baseball's preseason exhibition season Thursday with sounds not heard at ballparks here since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic: shouting, chanting and cheering.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Feb 17, 2023
Tokyo approves plan to demolish historic Jingu Stadium despite public outcry
Jingu Stadium is one of only four stadiums where Babe Ruth played that still exists.
Japan Times
Jan 27, 2023
Activists continue the fight over Tokyo's historic Jingu Stadium demolition
Author Robert Whiting, who has written extensively about Japanese baseball, collected 13,000 signatures in a petition to change demolition plans in just a few days.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Jan 17, 2023
Thousands sign petition to save Tokyo's 'sacred' Jingu Stadium
Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig played at the legendary venue in 1934 as part of a Japanese tour, making the stadium only one of a handful remaining where Ruth played.
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2022
Former Swallows reliever Scott McGough signs with Diamondbacks in MLB
The Arizona Diamondbacks said Thursday they have signed right-handed reliever Scott McGough, who spent the past four seasons in Japan with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, to a two-year contract with a mutual option for 2025.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Nov 14, 2022
Munetaka Murakami sets his sights on bigger things — including MLB
There are probably many in MLB who feel the 22-year-old is ready for the challenge after putting the baseball world on notice with his performance this past season.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 31, 2022
Buffaloes' magic in Japan Series conjures memories of past glories
Orix Buffaloes defeat of Yakult Swallows in the series at the weekend came 26 years after predecessors Orix BlueWave took the title with a victory over Yomiuri Giants.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball
Oct 30, 2022
Buffaloes end Japan Series title drought with victory over Swallows in Game 7
Orix won the final four games to win the franchise's first Japan Series since Ichiro Suzuki helped the BlueWave win the title in 1996.


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