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Darvish extends scoreless innings streak to 25 in Padres' 9-1 rout of Braves

Yu Darvish dominated a slumping Braves offense and extended his career-high scoreless innings streak to 25 while earning his 200th professional win as the San Diego Padres hammered Atlanta 9-1 on Sunday night. Darvish (4-1) gave up only two hits, struck out nine and walked one on 99 pitches in… Read

4 burning questions for 2024 Nippon Professional Baseball season

Spring is upon us, and more importantly than blooming flowers or warm sunshine, that means the 2024 Nippon Professional Baseball season is underway. The defending champion Hanshin Tigers are looking to repeat, and the Orix Buffaloes are chasing “dynasty” status. But beyond the top-flight teams, here are four burning questions… Read

Tanaka strikes out 18 as Eagles beat Hawks 5-0 in Pacific League

Masahiro Tanaka flirted with the record books by striking out 18 Softbank Hawks batters, and the Rakuten Eagles shut out the Pacific League leaders for the second consecutive game, 5-0, on Saturday night at Kleenex Stadium in Sendai. Tanaka’s 18 K’s were just one shy of the all-time NPB record,… Read

Mazda Biante Prize created for 2008 all-star games

Mazda Motor Corp has created the Mazda Biante Prize, a brand-new Mazda Binate minivan, which will be presented to the player who leaves the strongest impression with fans through his play and performance during the two Japanese pro baseball 2008 all-star games. Mazda is the main sponsor for the two… Read

ONE World Sports to televise Yomiuri Giants games in U.S.

ONE World Sports, the English-language sports network with exclusive world-class competitions from around the globe, has entered into a licensing agreement with Japan's Nippon Television Network (NTV) to bring Japan’s most successful baseball team, the Yomiuri Giants – current Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) champion and holder of 22 NBP Championship… Read

Hawks beat Marines 8-3 in Pacific League

The Softbank Hawks aren’t a team fighting for a playoff spot. They’re just playing like one. Since clinching first place in the Pacific League on September 25, the Hawks have gone on a 7-1 tear to improve their NPB-leading record to 82-44. The streak continued on Tuesday night at QVC… Read

Osaka man arrested after reserving and canceling 1,873 seats at 2 baseball games to get more space

Who doesn’t enjoy the thrill of live baseball? The crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd as wacky mascots take the field are but a few of the delights that can only be truly enjoyed firsthand. But for some people, that also means cramped seating among other people who… Read

Japan's players say no to World Baseball Classic unless they get more money

Japanese players have said they will not to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic unless the two-time champions are guaranteed a bigger slice of its revenue. The decision was made by the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association at a meeting in Nagoya before the first game of this… Read

Hawks and Fighters battle to 1-1 tie in Pacific League

In a matchup of the top two teams in the Pacific League, the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks rallied for a 1-1 tie against the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters at Yahoo Dome on Saturday. Fighters ace Yu Darvish lost his bid for a shutout — and his NPB-leading 17th victory — on… Read

Field of Screams: Haunted Tales from the Baseball Diamond, the Locker Room, and Beyond

From the authors of the bestselling "Haunted Baseball: Ghosts, Curses, Legends & Eerie Events comes the sequel Field of Screams," that covers both Major League Baseball and Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league. Like its predecessor, the book draws from more than 1,000 interviews with current and former major leaguers, revealing… Read

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