Swallows hire Shingo Takatsu as new manager

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 1, 2019

Swallows hire Shingo Takatsu as new manager

The Tokyo Yakult Swallows promoted Shingo Takatsu from farm manager to replace Junji Ogawa as the top team manager on Tuesday. The 50-year-old former pitcher, who had been managing the Swallows' Eastern League farm team since 2017, saved 286 games over his career in Japan, ...

Dragons crush Swallows

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 25, 2019

Dragons crush Swallows

Four pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout on Wednesday for the Chunichi Dragons in a 12-0 Central League win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. Kodai Umetsu (4-1), the Dragons' second-round draft pick last autumn, allowed three hits, issued three walks and struck out six to ...

Swallows bullpen holds off Dragons

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 1, 2019

Swallows bullpen holds off Dragons

Wladimir Balentien singled in two first-inning runs and six pitchers made that lead stand up in the Tokyo Yakult Swallows' 3-1 win over the Chunichi Dragons on Sunday afternoon. Veteran lefty Yudai Ono (7-8) surrendered an infield single to open the game at Nagoya Dome ...