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Former Softbank star 'Mune' loving life in the Bigs   Mar 30, 2012
Ichiro thrills packed Tokyo Dome as M's down A's on Opening Day   Mar 29, 2012
Wanted: Team to fulfill MLB dream. Serious replies only   Jan 31, 2012
Mariners 2012   Jan 18, 2012
Darvish confirms he will be posted   Dec 8, 2011
BayStars ideal manager is available--and his name's not Kudo    Nov 29, 2011
Agent Nomura not afraid to ruffle MLB feathers   Nov 21, 2011
Ripken trains kids in quake-hit areas   Nov 11, 2011
Next stop Nagoya after Swallows end Giants' season    Oct 31, 2011
Swallows draw 1st blood in CL Climax Series    Oct 29, 2011
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Dragons clinch 2nd straight CL flag with 10-inning tie Oct 20, 2011
Swallows' Guiel calls it quits after 19 years Sep 22, 2011
CL September heats up with 5 teams in playoff hunt Sep 18, 2011
Get ready for an MLB arms race Aug 31, 2011
Carp closer Sarfate perfect fit in Hiroshima Jul 22, 2011
Hitters no friends of new baseballs but pitchers love 'em Jun 25, 2011
Fukushima games have some players on edge Jun 22, 2011
MLB returnees fail to take flight with Eagles Jun 7, 2011
Baseball legends say farewell to Wally Jun 1, 2011
Reactions vary to baseball under dimmed lights May 31, 2011
Swallows' killer Bs helping the cause May 8, 2011
Aaron Guiel--A day in the life in Japan's minor leagues May 6, 2011
Morimoto brings his act to BayStars Apr 20, 2011
Sledge, surprising 'Stars of to hot start Apr 17, 2011
Eagles score a win for quake-hit Sendai Apr 14, 2011
Central League '11: Usual suspects led by Giants expected to lead CL r... Apr 12, 2011
Pacific League '11: Anyone can take the flag, but Sendai's Eagles sent... Apr 12, 2011
Vancouver Asahi--Canada's baseball legends Apr 9, 2011
NPB clubs pitch in for earthquake relief efforts Apr 5, 2011
NPB needs a leader, not Kato the cipher Mar 27, 2011
Central League pushes back Opening Day to April 12 Mar 26, 2011
Giants' Ramirez donates $1 million to tsunami victims Mar 26, 2011
Closer Kroon's colorful history with Giants skipper Bochy Mar 25, 2011
Central League pushes back season to conserve energy Mar 22, 2011
The Departed: Reactions may vary to NPB players who left Japan Mar 20, 2011
PL delays Opening Day, CL sticks with March 25 Mar 19, 2011
Teams, players at odds on start of regular season Mar 18, 2011
NPB fails to reach accord on pushing back Opening Day Mar 17, 2011
Foreign ballplayers on edge after quake Mar 15, 2011
Skewed results not limited to sumo Mar 14, 2011
Japan baseball pioneer Yonamine dies at 85 Mar 3, 2011
Giants lead arms race heading into '11 season Feb 8, 2011
Fielder spreads good book of baseball in Tokyo Dec 23, 2010
NPB players want more money to play in WBC Dec 17, 2010
Top rookies Sakakibara, Chono enjoy moment in sun Dec 7, 2010
Baseball analyst: A's GM Beane holds all the cards in Iwakuma talks Dec 2, 2010
Posting system snafu embroils Iwakuma Nov 24, 2010
Wadas win CL, PL MVP awards Nov 19, 2010
No quit in Japan Series champs Nov 9, 2010
Rookies come through in the clutch Nov 5, 2010
Veteran fills role at age 45 Nov 4, 2010
Marines punish Dragons on home turf Nov 3, 2010
Penn good to go for Marines Nov 3, 2010
Different paths lead to Japan Series Oct 30, 2010
Dragons set Japan Series date with Marines Oct 25, 2010
On paper, it looks like the year of the Dragons Oct 20, 2010
It's Hawks vs. 'Miracle Marines' Oct 14, 2010
Milestone-man Murton credits coaches, Tigers Oct 8, 2010
For many, CL flag eclipses Japan Series Oct 4, 2010
Work-in-progress Oct 2, 2010
The pros and cons Oct 1, 2010
Unraveling the mysteries of the posting system Sep 30, 2010
Swallows' Iihara hits walkoff home run Sep 8, 2010
'Typhoon' energizes Swallows Sep 3, 2010
Tigers wallop Swallows Aug 30, 2010
Giant night for Rami, Kyojin Aug 27, 2010
Morino, Dragons beat down Giants Aug 26, 2010
Ogasawara leads Giants rally over Dragons Aug 25, 2010
Giants sweep Tigers Aug 23, 2010
Just when you thought you had seen everything Jul 29, 2010
Good old-fashioned pennant races could be on tap Jul 26, 2010
Tiger, tiger burning bright Jul 23, 2010
Day of drama in Yokohama Jul 18, 2010
Aikawa rallies Swallows Jul 17, 2010
Giants smoke Dragons behind hot-hitting Abe Jun 21, 2010
Inaba powers Hammies past Swallows Jun 16, 2010
Swallows' Sato outduels Tanaka Jun 14, 2010
Marines slap big hurt on Giants Jun 3, 2010
On day of confusion, Ogawa takes over as Swallows skipper May 28, 2010
Hawks hammer G-men May 26, 2010
Stars' Shimizu shuts out Hawks May 26, 2010
Kishi hurls gem, Leos take down Swallows May 19, 2010
Giants triumph in tater-paloozza May 17, 2010
Kyojin win No. 500 for the skipper May 14, 2010
Lions knock down Giants on 1st day of interleague play May 13, 2010
10 questions with the Tigers Matt Murton May 12, 2010
F's ride Takahashi's grand slam May 10, 2010
Leos' ace Wakui 1-hits Hawks May 8, 2010
Dicky & the G-men throttle Swallows May 5, 2010
Wakiya's slam stuns Swallows May 4, 2010
Righty Ohka shines in return to BayStars May 3, 2010
Tigers rally past Swallows Apr 30, 2010
BayStars rookie Kaga KOs Swallows Apr 26, 2010
'Big Unit' stands tall at Tokyo's Big Egg Apr 21, 2010
Kanemoto ends iron man streak Apr 19, 2010
Giants rally on Sakamoto's grand slam Apr 16, 2010
Brazell, Tigers roar back in 8th Apr 15, 2010
Homer-happy Tigers light up Big Egg Apr 14, 2010
Carp's masterful Maeda mows down Swallows at Jingu Apr 9, 2010
Carp's pesky Amaya rattles Swallows in tight CL battle Apr 7, 2010
Battlin' BayStars avoid sweep Apr 5, 2010
Koike leads Dragons comeback over Swallows Apr 2, 2010
D'Antona, high-flying Swallows snuff out Dragons Apr 1, 2010
Swallows gun down G-men Mar 29, 2010
Giants take CL opener Mar 27, 2010
Giants' Vast Talent Pool Mar 26, 2010
Ya' gotta wonder if ... Mar 26, 2010
Marines' right-hander Karakawa mows down Lions Mar 23, 2010
Omatsu's 7th-inning blast leads Marines over Lions Mar 22, 2010
Eagles ready to take it to the limit Mar 20, 2010
Ya gotta wonder if . . . Mar 20, 2010
BayStars whack Tigers Mar 19, 2010
Giants 'new kid' Gonzalez puts on show Mar 18, 2010
Museum honors Oh Mar 11, 2010
Swallows Spank Fighters Mar 8, 2010
10 Questions with Norichika Aoki Mar 5, 2010
Laid-back Brown has Eagles loose, ready Feb 22, 2010
Blanco clears fences Feb 20, 2010
Kickin' back with Beavis and the boys at Swallows camp Feb 19, 2010
Retooled BayStars say they 'want a revolution' Feb 18, 2010
Surplus of outfielders in Giants' spring camp Feb 17, 2010
Guiel to return to Swallows Dec 16, 2009
Giants savor 21st Japan Series crown Nov 10, 2009
Abe wins it for Giants in walk-off Nov 6, 2009
Fighters even it up with small ball Nov 5, 2009
Giants bushwhack Hammies at Big Egg Nov 4, 2009
Game 3 mystery to who will take mound Nov 3, 2009
Giants' Kroon chills out Nov 2, 2009
Surprise Darvish helps F's even Series Nov 2, 2009
The Giants expect nothing less than total victory Oct 31, 2009
The Hammies are hoping for a repeat of 2006 Oct 31, 2009
Giants, Fighters set up Japan Series clash Oct 26, 2009
Giants rebound in 8th Oct 24, 2009
Giants bats wake up to take Game 2 Oct 23, 2009
Dragons smoke Giants to even series Oct 22, 2009
Climax Series Stage 2: They're rested, waiting but it's no guarantee Oct 21, 2009
Dragons roar back to even CL series Oct 19, 2009
Eagles mount big Sendai blowout of Hawks in their postseason debut Oct 17, 2009
Streaking Swallows eye Dragons upset Oct 17, 2009
Eagles, Hawks kick off NPB postseason Oct 16, 2009
Swallows on brink of playoffs Oct 9, 2009
Thanks for the memories--Valentine says sayonara Oct 8, 2009
Marines win it for the skipper Oct 7, 2009
High-flying Swallows widen gap in CL playoff hunt Sep 29, 2009
Giants gum up Carp quest for postseason Sep 28, 2009
Giants win 3rd straight CL pennant Sep 24, 2009
Giants reduce magic number to 1 Sep 23, 2009
Tani's twin taters edge Giants closer Sep 22, 2009
Tigers outlast Giants in seesaw CL slugfest Sep 17, 2009
Tigers claw back on Yano's late blast Sep 16, 2009
Lions roar back on Naka-Naka dinger double Sep 14, 2009
Baseball hitters battling the beer can blues Aug 31, 2009
Tiger hurlers walk in 4 runs Aug 28, 2009
Tigers' Brazell has unforgettable game Aug 27, 2009
Arai, Sakurai lead Tigers past 'Stars Aug 26, 2009
Swallows' closer Lim implodes in 9th to hand Giants win Aug 24, 2009
Giants sweep BayStars Aug 21, 2009
Giants 'Tono too much for fading' Stars Aug 20, 2009
Swallows' Aikawa playing the game right Aug 15, 2009
Uchikawa, BayStars pummel Swallows Aug 14, 2009
Giants' Kamei continues to swing hot bat Aug 10, 2009
Giants batter Yakult ace Aug 8, 2009
Arai denies Kawai Aug 7, 2009
Miura goes distance Aug 6, 2009
Aikawa saves day Aug 5, 2009
Swallows D'Antona to be July MVP Aug 5, 2009
Dragons creep up on Giants Jul 31, 2009
Tono goes distance for Giants Jul 15, 2009
Swallows 'Mr. Zero' still solid as a rock Jul 14, 2009
Lowly BayStars get to Swallows 'Mr. Zero' Jul 13, 2009
Brad Pitt? Cruiser? Just Andy being Andy Jul 7, 2009
New fish thwarts BayStars Jul 6, 2009
Obispo gets 1st win as Giant Jul 3, 2009
Carp rookie Komatsu twirls like seasoned vet Jul 2, 2009
The well-traveled Tadahito Iguchi feels right at home at Lotte's Chiba... Jul 1, 2009
Utsumi goes distance in rout of Swallows Jun 29, 2009
Marines light up Tokyo Dome on final day of interleague Jun 22, 2009
The boys from Jingu are for real Jun 20, 2009
Marines skipper Bobby V takes it one day at a time Jun 19, 2009
Swallows clobber Marines Jun 18, 2009
Giants survive late-charging Lions Jun 17, 2009
Marines bats explode on record-setting night Jun 13, 2009
Giant bats give Takahashi plenty of support Jun 9, 2009
Boca buries Swallows with grand slam Jun 4, 2009
Gonzalez masterful for Giants May 29, 2009
Houlton, Hawks hold off Giants May 28, 2009
Buffs upset Giants May 25, 2009
Tsuruoka makes most of rare start to power Giants May 15, 2009
Takahashi tosses gem as Giants crush 'Stars May 13, 2009
Sakamoto Giants' latest hero May 11, 2009
NPB: A league of his own May 9, 2009
Ogasawara, Lee put in call to Dr. Longball May 9, 2009
Giants swing heavy timber to rally in 8th May 8, 2009
Fujii's late Dragon dinger sends BayStars reeling May 5, 2009
Wada, Chen pace Dragons over BayStars May 4, 2009
Giants, Greisinger dominate Swallows Apr 22, 2009
Suzuki, Greisinger pace Giants Apr 16, 2009
Terrific trio's towering tater-fest Apr 14, 2009
Ogasawara, Greisinger lead G-Men in sweep of sad-sack BayStars Apr 10, 2009
D'Antona hooked on more than baseball Apr 9, 2009
Swallows hammer Dragons Apr 9, 2009
Fujii powers Dragons Apr 8, 2009
Marines storm back in bottom of 9th Apr 6, 2009
Carp power past Giants in Big Egg opener Apr 4, 2009
Profiles of the Central League teams Apr 3, 2009
Profiles of the Pacific League teams Apr 3, 2009
Leos' Nakajima hopes to ply his trade someday in da Bigs Apr 1, 2009
'09 WBC: Revenge motivates strong Korean club Mar 11, 2009
'09 WBC: S. Korea edges Samurai Japan to top Pool A Mar 10, 2009
'09 WBC: Ichiro finally gets his groove back Mar 9, 2009
Korea crushes Taiwan on Lee's grand slam Mar 7, 2009
Underdog China ready to meet WBC challenge Mar 4, 2009
Somebody wake up Ichiro Mar 2, 2009
Japan stomps boys from Down Under Feb 26, 2009
IBAF pushes for baseball's return in 2016 Olympics Feb 20, 2009
After injury scare Uchikawa revels in game he loves Feb 5, 2009
Play ball! Darvish to start Game 1 Feb 5, 2009
Be like Ichiro--Do it for your country Feb 3, 2009
Darvish could be the next big thing Jan 29, 2009
Hideki Okajima Jan 9, 2009
Samurai Japan feels heat to repeat as WBC looms Jan 1, 2009
'09 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC: Samurai Japan cut to 34 Dec 16, 2008
Seibu squeaks out Asian title with fantastic finish Nov 17, 2008
South Koreans send wake-up call to Lions Nov 14, 2008
'Samurai Japan' eager to defend World Baseball Classic title Nov 13, 2008
Lions storm back to win Japan Series Nov 11, 2008
Japan Series Hard-charging Rami has Giants jazzed for Game 6 Nov 8, 2008
NPB Japan Series--Game 5: Giants head home in firm command Nov 7, 2008
Nippon Series Game 4: Lions roar back to even series Nov 6, 2008
Kyojin put in call to Dr. Longball Nov 5, 2008
Just another day at 'office' for Lions' Ishii Nov 4, 2008
Rami's sayonara blast lifts Giants Nov 3, 2008
Giants, Lions evenly matched in Japan Series Nov 1, 2008
Giants hope downtime not a factor in CL playoffs Oct 17, 2008
Giants wrap up 32nd Central League pennant Oct 11, 2008
Tipping the pitch Oct 3, 2008
Giants bash Tigers on night of milestones Sep 20, 2008
Lee, Takahashi lead Giants on sweep of crosstown Swallows Sep 15, 2008
Swallows pummel Dragons Sep 3, 2008
Omichi's pinch-hit homer saves Giants Aug 28, 2008
Abe gets that warm, fuzzy feeling back home Aug 27, 2008
Hoshino's Japan faces tough 1st test against Cuba Aug 13, 2008
Darvish struggles in Olympic warm-up Aug 9, 2008
Araki leads CL All-Stars' hit parade Aug 2, 2008
Yamasaki rallies PL All-Stars in 9th Aug 1, 2008
Experts divided on significance of feat Jul 31, 2008
Tigers' Vogelsong homers to help own cause Jul 30, 2008
Lee's blast lifts Giants Jul 28, 2008
Hatakeyama powers Swallows past BayStars Jul 23, 2008
Blowout by the Bay Jul 21, 2008
Struggling Uehara named to Olympic team Jul 18, 2008
Eagles thump Hammies Jul 17, 2008
BayStars' Murata stoked to patrol Japan's hot corner in Beijing Jul 10, 2008
Kawashima, Swallows blank BayStars Jul 9, 2008
Hawks heat up in late innings to sink Marines Jul 7, 2008
Furuki's big blast propels Giants Jul 3, 2008
Old pals Aoki, Rami light up Tokyo Dome Jul 2, 2008
NPB slaps Rios with 1-year drug suspension Jun 30, 2008
Hawks bang out hit parade to down Swallows Jun 20, 2008
It was 'pretty scary' Jun 19, 2008
June 18: Guts' bomb propels Giants past Buffs Jun 19, 2008
Lions rattle Giants Jun 10, 2008
Hosokawa paces Lions with 5 ribbies Jun 2, 2008
Short stands tall for Eagles May 30, 2008
When it comes to puttin' out the fire May 30, 2008
Rakin' Rami swings big stick for Kyojin May 27, 2008
Big party at Rami's house May 26, 2008
Sato gets payback May 23, 2008
Muramatsu leads Buffs' stampede May 19, 2008
Marines win it for birthday boy Bobby V May 14, 2008
Giants' gutsy bats crush Dragons May 12, 2008
Nori's four-ply wallop sinks Giants May 10, 2008
Giants win it on Rami's seat-boomer May 9, 2008
Tigers outduel Giants May 8, 2008
Boca, G.G. blast Lions past Marines May 5, 2008
Hawks pummel Buffaloes May 3, 2008
Lions roar back on Ishii's bottom-of-9th heroics May 2, 2008
Hammies hold off late-charging Lotte Apr 30, 2008
Bocachica blasts Leos over Buffs Apr 28, 2008
Giants bust out broomsticks Apr 25, 2008
Eagles soar on Tsuchiya's bat, glove Apr 23, 2008
Marines bludgeon Buffaloes Apr 21, 2008
Giants avoid sweep Apr 18, 2008
Swallows' Guiel off to scorching start Apr 15, 2008
Giants hold on to early lead Apr 12, 2008
Matsunaka blast leads Hawks past Buffaloes Apr 11, 2008
Shimoyanagi mows down Dragons Apr 10, 2008
That Giants kid can really swing the bat Apr 7, 2008
Back-to-back-to-back jacks Apr 4, 2008
Chunichi 4, Yomiuri 3: Nori's big Dragons blast sends Giants reeling Apr 2, 2008
Swallows sweep Giants on Fukukawa grand salami Mar 31, 2008
Swallows surprise Giants in CL opener Mar 29, 2008
NPB '08: GIANT STEPS Mar 20, 2008
NPB '08: Swallows hope Korea connection pays off again with starter Ri... Mar 20, 2008
Wada tosses little bit of hope with every pitch he makes Feb 25, 2008
Carp skipper expects Fish to be speedsters on the basepaths Feb 23, 2008
Wham! Thwack! Powell! Feb 15, 2008
Home-run king says record will fall Dec 5, 2007
Konami Cup Asia Series: Dragons edge S. Koreans to win Asia Series Nov 13, 2007
Konami Cup: S. Koreans hammer China Nov 10, 2007
Manager Lefebvre faces daunting task Nov 10, 2007
Konami Cup Asia Series: S. Korea champs roll over Dragons Nov 9, 2007
Konami Cup: Dragons favorites in baseball's Konami Cup Nov 7, 2007
It was right call, but I don't have to like it Nov 5, 2007
Japan Series: PERFECTION! Nov 2, 2007
JAPAN SERIS GAME 3: Dragons swing big 1st-inning lumber Oct 31, 2007
Tyrone Woods & Co. say this is the year of the Dragon Oct 25, 2007
Yu Darvish's Hammies eager to win one more for the skipper Oct 25, 2007
On-fire Dragons set up Japan Series rematch Oct 22, 2007
CLCS Game 2: Double the pleasure Oct 21, 2007
PL CLIMAX SERIES/ GAME 5 PREVIEW: Young aces to take hill in playoff p... Oct 18, 2007
Central League Climax Series playoffs: Nakamura, Dragons out to slay G... Oct 16, 2007
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