The hard-throwing right-hander struck out 11 batters and gave up just one hit as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the reigning NPB champion Orix Buffaloes 2-0.
Relying on a blazing fastball, 21-year-old Marines right-hander Roki Sasaki had an impressive 2023 debut against the Fighters.
How did all of NPB’s teams perform during the recent interleague period? Here’s an analysis of what took place on the field.
The 28-year-old veteran struck out nine batters and issued only one walk.
Insights on Roki Sasaki’s rising fame, other young stars to keep an eye on, Yoshihisa Hirano’s brilliant career as a closer, and much more.
The 20-year-old phenom struggled with his control en route to his first loss of the season.
While China has pulled out as the host nation due to COVID-19, Japan is an option. “We were sounded out,” ーJFA President Kozo Tashima.
The 2021 Super Rugby points leader has amassed 20 or more points in five matches this season.
Not nearly as sharp as he was in his previous two appearances, the Marines ace was tagged for two runs in a 6-3 win over the...
Tigers slugger Teruaki Sato, Giants rookie closer Taisei Ota and Marines catcher Ko Matsukawa are shining for their respective teams.
Manager Tadahito Iguchi decided to limit the young right-hander to eight innings, citing the desire to rest the 20-year-old’s arm.
The Chiba Lotte Marines pitcher is achieving great results today because, in both his high school and pro careers, the people around him didn’t rush him.