Around the Central League: January 11, 2012

Chunichi Dragons Free agent LHP Wei-ying Chen signed with Baltimore. It’s a three-year deal that consequently puts a serious dent in Chunichi’s ability to keep opposing teams off the board. Cheers to that! Yomiuri Giants Sounds like the Giants may be about to sign utility INF/OF John Bowker who was recently released by the Phillies. […]

Around the Central League: January 7, 2011

Chunichi Dragons Mr. Takagi, the Dragons’ energetic and cuddly new manager, wants fans to touch his butt if they win the Central League Pennant in 2012. Yomiuri Giants In preparation for the upcoming season, Utsumi and several of his teammates went shopping in Guam. According to this report compiled by Yakyu Baka, Yomiuri will likely […]

2010 Interleague Preview

Tomorrow, weather permitting, the 6 Central League teams will play host to the 6 Pacific League teams, kicking off 5 weeks of Interleague play. This post will hopefully give you some information you will find useful.

3/29/09 — Saitama (away)

March 29th, 2009 Tokyo Yakult Swallows 6 Saitama Seibu Lions 9 Streak: Lost 1       Last 5: WWWWL (Seibu Dome) Saitama scored six runs off of seven hits in the bottom of the third to build a lead that they would not relinquish. Tokyo starter Hye-cheon Lee would leave the game after that inning having […]

WBC: Japan 5, Korea 3 – Japan Repeats for "V2"

Japan are the 2009 WBC Champions. But unlike 2006, there will be no disputing their right to call themselves such this time. A clutch two out two RBI single from Ichiro in the top of the 10th inning was enough to break a 3-3 tie and win the game for team Japan. Their thrilling victory […]

11/9/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 7

November 9th, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 3 Yomiuri Giants 2 (Tokyo Dome) The Saitama Seibu Lions came back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat the Yomiuri Giants in the deciding game seven of the 2008 Japan Series Championship. It was Saitama’s first Japan Series championship since 2004 when it beat the Chunichi Dragons in seven […]

11/4/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 3

November 4th, 2008 Yomiuri Giants 6 Saitama Seibu Lions 4 (Seibu Dome) Saitama starter (and former Tokyo ace), Kazuhisa Ishii (7.50 ERA), took the mound for his first appearance in the Japan Series since 2001 and hoped to continue the good form he displayed during the Climax Series.

11/1/08 – Japan Series – Saitama vs. Yomiuri – Game 1

November 1st, 2008 Saitama Seibu Lions 2 Yomiuri Giants 1 (Tokyo Dome) Saitama drew first blood in this series on the back of an eight-inning, one-hit performance by starter Hideaki Wakui. Providing the run support were left fielder, Taketoshi Gotou, who slugged a solo home run over the wall in center in the fifth, and […]

10/22/08 – Pacific League Climax Series – 2nd Stage – Hokkaido vs. Saitama (Game 6)

October 22nd, 2008 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 0 Saitama Seibu Lions 9 (Seibu Dome) The Saitama Seibu Lions employed an old-fashioned ass-whuppin’ tonight en route to advancing to the Japan Series versus the winner of the Chunichi-Yomiuri series that is currently locked at 1-1. The name of the night was Hideaki Wakui (2-0, 0.60) who […]

10/17/08 – Pacific League Climax Series – 2nd Stage – Hokkaido vs. Saitama (Game 2)

October 17th, 2008 Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 3 Saitama Seibu Lions 10 (Oomiya Prefectural Stadium) Half of Hokkaido’s hits were delivered by only two guys, and starter Ryan Glynn got roughed up early by an all-out Lions assault, as the home team stomped all over the visitors to make this series 2-0.*