June 12, 2013
With balls once again flying out of ballparks in fan-pleasing numbers, Nippon Professional Baseball has finally confirmed what many players believed, that the official baseball has been secretly "juiced."
May 06, 2013
Fittingly, baseball legends and former Yomiuri Giants manager Shigeo Nagashima and his star slugger, Hideki Matsui, were reunited one last time in the spotlight at Tokyo Dome on May 5.
April 03, 2013
Two mathematicians have developed software that can quickly optimize road trip schedules for professional baseball teams and slash travel by nearly 70,000 kilometers, or more than 1½ times the circumference of the Earth.
April 03, 2013
HOUSTON--Yu Darvish was one out from a perfect game when Marwin Gonzalez grounded a clean single through the pitcher’s legs in the Texas Rangers’ 7-0 win over the Houston Astros on April 2.
April 02, 2013
Baseball greats Shigeo Nagashima and Hideki Matsui will be nominated for National Honor Awards, according to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
March 18, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO--A beaming Alex Rios rounded the bases and reached home to a line of jubilant, jumping teammates eager to celebrate Puerto Rico's first World Baseball Classic final spot.
March 10, 2013
Two-time defending champion Japan hit a record-tying six home runs on March 10 to overpower the Netherlands 16-4 and advance to the championship round of the World Baseball Classic.
February 05, 2013
During spring training camp, Japanese pitchers are getting their hands for the first time on the ball they'll be using at the upcoming 2013 World Baseball Classic and are giving it mixed reviews.
December 28, 2012
Hard-hitting Hideki Matsui, who set milestones for Japanese players in Major League Baseball, announced his retirement on Dec. 27, the organization's website reported.
November 22, 2012
Twenty-year-old ex-Lotte Marines pitcher Shogo Yamaguchi was the youngest pitcher at a professional baseball tryout at Sendai's Miyagi Baseball Stadium on Nov. 9.
November 03, 2012
Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma has been given an extended contract by the Seattle Mariners, keeping the right-hander at the Major League Baseball club through the 2014 season.
October 29, 2012
Japanese baseball could lift the 'Tazawa Rule' that places restrictions on prospects who begin their professional careers abroad following schoolboy Shohei Otani's decision to pursue his dream of playing Major League Baseball.
October 22, 2012
Japanese high school pitcher Shohei Otani says he will pursue a career in Major League Baseball instead of turning professional in Japan.
October 04, 2012
OAKLAND, California--Yu Darvish will start the Texas Rangers' first playoff game--whenever and wherever that may be.
October 04, 2012
Chunichi Dragons outfielder Yohei Oshima is a man on the run, but of late, he's been slowing up in his quest to steal enough bases to nab the Central League's base-stealing crown.
October 01, 2012
Often toiling away in relative anonymity night after night, Nippon Ham Fighters middle reliever Hirotoshi Masui is finally getting his day in the sun, securing recognition as the best player at his position in the Pacific League with the most holds.
September 14, 2012
Everyone loves a winner. Just look at the legions of bandwagon fans who turn out every season to support the big-name, big-money clubs such as the Yomiuri Giants and New York Yankees.
September 04, 2012
Japan looks set to defend its title at next year's World Baseball Classic (WBC) after emergency talks averted the threat of a player boycott on Sept. 4.
September 03, 2012
The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association remains in a stalemate over whether to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
August 23, 2012
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania--Tokyo produced strong pitching, solid defense and powerful bats to reach the International final at the World Series with a 4-1 victory over Aguadulce, Panama on Aug. 22.