Nippon Professional Baseball

NPB leaderboards (June 6): Don’t count Messenger out

Among the highlights of the second week of interleague play in Nippon Professional Baseball was Saturday’s pitching duel at Koshien Stadium between the Nippon-Ham Fighters’ young ace Shohei Otani and Hanshin Tigers veteran and former MLBer Randy Messenger. Otani struck out 11 batters in 7 innings pitched, but the one run he allowed on three singles in the fourth inning…

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Baseball in Japan, as seen from afar (Week 1)

Here’s something a little different. The Nippon Professional Baseball season opened a little more than a week ago. I follow the Japanese game, as best I can, from afar. I believe NPB is the second highest level of baseball next to Major League Baseball. If you’re unfamiliar, NPB is divided into two 6-team leagues. The Hanshin Tigers, Chunichi Dragons, Yokohama…

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Ondrusek makes Japan debut

Former Reds reliever Logan Ondrusek made his Nippon Professional Baseball debut Friday, Opening Day for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. With the Swallows and the Hiroshima Carp tied 2-2, Ondrusek entered in the eighth inning with two outs and the go-ahead run in scoring position. The right-hander, who went to Japan this offseason after 5 seasons in Cincinnati, got the first…

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