BayStars blow late lead in tie with Tigers

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Sep 27, 2017

BayStars blow late lead in tie with Tigers

The Yokohama BayStars wasted a golden opportunity to close the gap in the race for the Central League's second postseason seed in Wednesday's 4-4 tie with the Hanshin Tigers. BayStars closer Yasuaki Yamasaki blew a one-run, ninth inning lead when Yoshio Itoi singled in a ...

Itoi leaving Buffaloes for Tigers

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 21, 2016

Itoi leaving Buffaloes for Tigers

The Hanshin Tigers said Monday they have reached agreement on a contract with free agent outfielder Yoshio Itoi, who earlier in the day informed the Orix Buffaloes of his intention to join the Central League club. Itoi, 35, who played for Orix for four seasons ...

Orix's Itoi to declare free agency

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Nov 7, 2016

Orix's Itoi to declare free agency

Orix Buffaloes outfielder Yoshio Itoi said Monday he will exercise his right to domestic free agency, even though the Pacific League club has offered him a major four-year contract. "There could be teams that might be interested in me and I'd like to hear what ...

Itoi wins PL stolen base crown at age 35

Baseball / Japanese Baseball Oct 5, 2016

Itoi wins PL stolen base crown at age 35

Yoshio Itoi became the oldest player to lead a Japanese pro league in stolen bases on Wednesday, the final day of the Pacific League season. It was the first stolen base crown for the 35-year-old Orix Buffaloes outfielder, who swiped 53 to share the title ...