RHP Hashimoto traded to Tohoku Rakuten for OF Kusuki

As of 2PM on Monday this bit of news still hasn’t been reported by either Tokyo or Tohoku’s websites, but it appears that 32 year old RHP Yoshitaka Hashimoto is being sent to Tohoku in exchange for 27 year old OF Yusuke Kusuki. Hashimoto made 17 appearances for the Swallows in 2011 and had a […]

The Monday Review #16

Welcome to the Monday Review, in which we’ll look back at the week that was and look ahead to the week that will be. We hope a recurring weekly review column will help readers identify some trends that can’t be covered in a single game report. We’re still trying to work out the format, so […]

9/8/11 – Yokohama (Away)

September 8th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 7 Yokohama BayStars 3 Streak: Won 3  Last 5: WLWWW (Yokohama Stadium) Don’t let the score fool you, this game was a lot closer and a lot uglier than plain numbers can describe. Both starters looked good early on. Even as Muranaka gave up a solo homer to Murata […]

4/29/11 – Hanshin (Away)

April 29th, 2011 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1 Hanshin Tigers 4 Streak: Lost 1  Last 5: WWWWL (Koshien Stadium)   Tokyo’s magnificent run of good form finally came to an end as they ran into a very effective starter in Kubo. This game saw some interesting switches within the lineup as Miyamoto and Aikawa both had […]