Tigers manager Akinobu Okada pulled Shoki Murakami six outs shy of perfection against the Giants. Okada said that he struggled with the decision.
Yakult outscored Hanshin 18-7 in three Central League Climax Series Final Stage games, completing a series sweep in dramatic fashion.
The 22-year-old would have joined four others on the NPB no-no list this season.
The 42-year-old lefty continues to impress for the high-flying Swallows.
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 20-year-old phenom struggled with his control en route to his first loss of the season.
The Hanshin Tigers pitcher excelled on the mound and at the plate in a recent big win over the Tokyo Yakult Swallows.
Tigers slugger Teruaki Sato, Giants rookie closer Taisei Ota and Marines catcher Ko Matsukawa are shining for their respective teams.
The Kansai-based club opened the season with nine consecutive defeats, a Central League record to start a season.
"I've done all I can in terms of preparation," Tanaka said of the upcoming season.
The dynamic Los Angeles Angels star has a shot at achieving this unique display of power and speed, while only four MLB players have had more...
Several Hanshin players are having productive seasons at the plate to help carry the team to the top.