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Hawks tattoo rookie Kawano

The SoftBank Hawks left a mark on rookie lefty Ryusei Kawano (2-4) on Sunday in their 8-4 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters at Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome.

Kawano faced nine batters and allowed seven to reach on three hits and four walks, and four of them scored. Fellow lefty Tsuyoshi Wada (6-1) allowed only one walk and two hits, but all three scored on a pair of home runs. He struck out five over five innings.

Light-hitting speedster Ukyo Shuto hit his second career home run, a three-run shot in the sixth to ice it. He also singled twice, stole his Japan-best 30th base and scored twice.

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Mima battles back, goes distance

Manabu Mima (9-2) surrendered a home run on the game’s first pitch but finished with a four-hitter in the Lotte Marines’ 8-1 win over the Seibu Lions at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium.

After a straight first-pitch fastball down the pipe to Yuji Kaneko wound up in the seats, Mima retired the next 19 batters, while the Marines tagged Wataru Matsumoto (4-4) for four runs over five innings.

The win kept the Marines two games back of the first-place Hawks.

Buffaloes’ top pick sets pace against Eagles

Lefty Hiroya Miyagi (1-0) the Orix Buffaloes top pick in last autumn’s draft, allowed two runs over five innings in his pro debut, less than two months after his 19th birthday, in an 8-2 win over the Rakuten Eagles at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome.

Miyagi allowed the first two batters he faced to reach before retiring the next seven in a row. He gave up seven hits and walked three while striking out four.

The Eagles’ bullpen wasted a strong start from 25-year-old rookie Ryota Takinaka, who allowed a run over six innings. The Buffaloes entered he seventh inning trailing 2-1 but a pair of four-run innings blew the game open.

Giants dodge Koshien bullets

Rookie Shosei Togo loaded the bases in the first and third innings, but allowed just one run over two-plus innings and the Yomiuri Giants broke the game open against reliever Shintaro Fujinami in the seventh inning of their 7-1 win over the Hanshin Tigers at Koshien Stadium.

The 20-year-old Togo allowed four hits and four walks in two-plus innings, and 21-year-old rookie lefty Ryusei Oe (3-0) picked up the slack with two scoreless innings of relief.

Fujinami, making his fifth relief appearance, allowed three runs on six hits over 1-1/3 innings.

Tigers outfielder Jerry Sands left the game for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning after he was hit by a pitch in the seventh.

Austin taxes Dragons

Tyler Austin hit three home runs, walked and drove in six runs in the DeNA BayStars’ 9-3 win over the Chunichi Dragons at Yokohama Stadium.

The win moved the BayStars past the Dragons into third place.

Shinichi Onuki (8-4) allowed a run over 6-1/3 innings to earn the win. Dragons lefty Takahiro Matsuba (3-6) took the loss.

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Nakamura holds off Swallows

Yuta Nakamura (1-2) allowed a run over five innings as the Hiroshima Carp completed a three-game sweep of the Yakult Swallows with a 6-4 win at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium.

Seiya Suzuki hit his 20th home run of the season, becoming the first Carp player to do so in five straight years since Tomonori Maeda did so from 2002 to 2006.

Marines’ Iwashita tests positive

Starting pitcher Daiki Iwashita and one member of the Lotte Marines’ first-team staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Pacific League club announced Sunday.

Iwashita was tested at a Chiba hospital after feeling unwell on Saturday and running a 37.1 C fever.

The 24-year-old allowed two runs over six innings on Thursday in Sapporo against the Nippon Ham Fighters and returned with the team to Chiba the following day. On Saturday, Iwashita only left home to go to the ballpark. The team staff member was not in close contact with the pitcher.

The club reported the infections to NPB on Sunday, and all members of the team and staff were tested with the results expected on Monday.

In 14 games, Iwashita is 5-7 with a 4.46 ERA.

Active roster moves 10/4/2020

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 10/14

Central League


BayStarsIF9Yamato Maeda
TigersP91Yuya Yokoyama
SwallowsP18Naruki Terashima
SwallowsP61Takuma Kubo
SwallowsP64Ren Kazahari
SwallowsIF93Yu Matsumoto


BayStarsOF61Tatsuo Ebina
TigersP61Atsushi Mochizuki
SwallowsP24Tomoya Hoshi
SwallowsP54Masato Nakazawa
SwallowsC57Yudai Koga
SwallowsIF46Kengo Ota

Pacific League


EaglesOF54Ren Wada
FightersP28Ryusei Kawano
BuffaloesP13Hiroya Miyagi
BuffaloesIF64Shinya Hirosawa


EaglesC65Kengo Horiuchi
FightersC22Shinya Tsuruoka
BuffaloesIF42Aderlin Rodriguez

Starting pitchers for Oct. 5, 2020

Central League

Tigers vs Giants: Koshien Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Haruto Takahashi (3-3, 2.25) vs Toshiki Sakurai (2-2, 5.04)

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One-handed home run of God

Yuki Yanagita has scary power. When he connects, the ball can go a long way to any field. This wasn’t one of those, but rather what happens sometimes when he is fooled. In the spring he hit an opposite field home run when he was fooled by a breaking pitch off balance and with his top hand off the bat.

On Tuesday, he did it again with a three-run shot that powered the SoftBank Hawks to an 8-7 win over the Orix Buffaloes. Here’s the home run. Anyone see a guy fooled on a swing so much that his helmet came off? Anyone ever seen such a swing produce a home run? You have now.

Yanagita hit two home runs and was seen in the dugout cheering up second baseman 22-year-old infielder Hikaru Kawase, whose two sixth-inning errors opened the door for six unearned Orix runs off ace Kodai Senga (4-1).

Asked what he told the youngster in the hero interview, Yanagita said, “I told him, it’s not your fault. It was Senga’s. Just come out tomorrow play baseball like you know you can.”

Orix ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto allowed five runs in five innings, while Akira Nakamura homered for the Hawks, and Takahiro Okada hit a grand slam for the Buffaloes.

Marines Mima, Martin destroy Fighters

Free agent acquisition Manabu Mima (3-2) allowed a run in five innings, and Leonys Martin hit a three-run home run, his fifth homer in four games to lift the Lotte Marines to a 3-1 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters at Chiba’s Zozo Marine Stadium.

Naoyuki Uwasawa (2-2) allowed three runs on four walks and three hits over six innings.

Kobukata saves the day for Eagles

Rakuten rookie Hiroto Kobukata brought the Rakuten Eagles from behind with a two-run seventh-inning double and doubled in another run in the ninth in their 7-5 win over the Seibu Lions at MetLife Dome outside Tokyo.

Ernesto Mejia, a one-time home run champ relegated to reserve status since the ascendance of first baseman Hotaka Yamakawa, started in place of Yamakawa on Tuesday and turned back the clock.

The 34-year-old Mejia hit two home runs, doubled, drove in three runs and made a couple of terrific plays at first. His first homer gave the Lions a 4-3lead in the fifth, but Kobukata doubled in two with two outs in the seventh to put Rakuten ahead for good.

Note: The original story had the Lions winning 7-5.

Tigers’ Garcia, Sands eclipse BayStars

Lefty Onelki Garcia (1-4) allowed a run over seven innings, and Jerry Sands drove in a pair of big runs for the Hanshin Tigers in their 9-2 win over the DeNA BayStars at Yokohama Stadium.

Garcia allowed four hits and walked four while striking out seven. With the game tied 1-1 in the sixth, Sands delivered an RBI double to break the tie and scored on Ryutaro Umeno’s double.

Leadoff man Koji Chikamoto opened the game with a double and scored the first of his three runs on a sacrifice fly by Sands.

Fukutani, Takahashi lift Dragons over Carp

Right-hander Koji Fukutani (1-1) allowed a run over 5-2/3 innings, and captain Shuhei Takahashi opened the scoring with his second home run of the season, a two-run fourth-inning blast off Yusuke Nomura (2-1) in the Chunichi Dragons’ 8-1 win over the Hiroshima Carp at Hiroshima’s Mazda Stadium.

Although the game was already a rout by the ninth inning, the Dragons had more than just two runs to celebrate in the final frame when Akira Neo, the Dragons’ top draft pick in 2018, had his first hit in the top flight after starting his career 0-for-17 with nine strikeouts.

Active roster moves 8/11/2020

Deactivated players can be re-activated from 8/21

Central League


BayStarsOF1Masayuki Kuwahara


BayStarsP35Tomoya Mikami

Pacific League


LionsIF39Wu Nien-ting
LionsOF73Wataru Takagi
MarinesP86Jose Flores
BuffaloesIF42Aderlin Rodriguez


LionsC78Masato Saito
LionsIF52Haruka Yamada

Starting pitchers for Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

Pacific League

Lions vs Eagles: MetLife Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Sho Ito (0-0, 0.90) vs Hideaki Wakui (6-0, 2.33)

Marines vs Fighters: Zozo Marine Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Kazuya Ojima (3-3, 4.23) vs Takayuki Kato (0-1, 4.96)

Hawks vs Buffaloes: PayPay Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1, 3.58) vs Daiki Tajima (1-2, 2.62)

Central League

Giants vs Swallows: Tokyo Dome 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Tomoyuki Sugano (6-0, 1.81) vs Juri Hara (2-0, 3.60)

BayStars vs Tigers: Yokohama Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Haruhiro Hamaguchi (3-1, 3.10) vs Koyo Aoyagi (4-2, 3.43)

Carp vs Dragons: Mazda Stadium 6 pm, 5 am EDT

Kris Johnson (0-3, 5.81) vs Yuya Yanagi (1-2, 2.42)