Matsui Homers In Athletic Win

Hideki MatsuiJemile Weeks had two hits and drove in three runs, and Hideki Matsui homered to lead Oakland past Kansas City in the American League on Thursday.
 
Matsui’s solo shot gives him a combined 499 homers in Japan and the U.S. and helped Oakland win a second straight game for the first time since a four-game streak May 26-29.

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Fifa Donates $6 Mil Quake Aid

Junji Ogura Soccer's world governing body FIFA has decided to donate about $6 million in aid to clubs and areas affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, Japan Football Association President Junji Ogura said Thursday.

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Baystars Players Visit Sendai

Yokohama BayStars The perennial cellar-dwelling Yokohama BayStars might not be making headlines for their stellar performance, but several of the club’s players were in the news Tuesday for an entirely different reason—their relief efforts to help out victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

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Japan, Czech Finish 0 - 0

Japan Czech finish 0-0

Goalkeeper Petr Cech made several key saves for the Czech Republic to play out a goalless draw with Japan in the final game of the Kirin Cup.

Japan had the better of the chances at Nissan Stadium on Tuesday but Cech held the hosts off the scoresheet for his second shutout of the tournament. Peru and the Czechs also finished goalless on Saturday.

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Hatakeyama Homers Twice

Kazuhiro HatakeyamaKazuhiro Hatakeyama homered twice, Shohei Tateyama pitched one-run ball over eight innings and the Yakult Swallows defeated the Rakuten Eagles 5-4 to win their third in a row on Monday night. Hatakeyama belted an opposite field two-run shot over the right-center wall after Josh Whitesell was issued a walk with two outs in the first inning at Jingu Stadium.

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Utsumi Win Mvp Honors

Tetsuya Utsumi Yomiuri Giants left-hander Tetsuya Utsumi and hot-hitting Yakult Swallows outfielder Wladimir Balentien received the CL MVP honors for the month of May on Monday.
Both leagues made the announcement with the PL MVP honors going to Nippon Ham Fighters right-hander Yu Darvish and Lotte Marines second baseman Tadahito Iguchi for position players.

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Ichiro Gets First Hits In 4 Games

Ichiro gets first hits in 4 gamesSeattle outfielder Ichiro stroked a two-run triple in a 2-for-5 outing Sunday for his first hits in four games as the Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6. Trailing 3-0 in the third inning, Ichiro hit a line drive off Wade Davis to right-center to drive home runners from first and second and plated a run from third on Brendan Ryan’s suicide squeeze to tie the ballgame.

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Takeda Handcuffs Giants

Masaru TakedaMasaru Takeda stymied batters over six shutout innings, Sho Nakata went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in the cleanup spot and the Nippon Ham Fighters blanked the Yomiuri Giants 5-0 on Sunday afternoon.

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Yamashita Grabs Lead At Jgtc

Kazuhiro Yamashita Kazuhiro Yamashita shot a 2-under 69 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead into the final round of the Japan Golf Tour Championship. The 37-year-old, yet to win on the tour, moved to 4-under 209 in the second major of the year at Shishido Hills Country Club in Ibaraki Prefecture.

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Matsuzaka Tommy John Surgery

Daisuke MatsuzakaBoston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who has been on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain since mid-May, appears headed for Tommy John surgery, effectively ending his 2011 season, several U.S. media outlets reported on Thursday.

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Nhk Resume Live Coverage Of Sumo

NHK resume live coverage of sumoPublic broadcaster NHK will resume live television and radio coverage of sumo matches in July as the Japan Sumo Association decided to hold the next tournament in Nagoya as scheduled, NHK Chairman Masayuki Matsumoto said Thursday.

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No Surgery Expected For Matsuzaka

Daisuke MatsuzakaBoston Red Sox manager Terry Francona said Wednesday the team does not expect Daisuke Matsuzaka to undergo an operation on his right elbow. Matsuzaka received a second opinion on the elbow in Southern California on Tuesday from specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum, who did not provide a different diagnosis of Matsuzaka than Red Sox medical director Dr Tom Gill.

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Sendai To Host Game 3 Of All - Star

Sendai Kleenex Stadium The final game of the three-game Japanese All-Star series has been relocated to Sendai’s Kleenex Stadium from QVC Marine Field in Chiba, Nippon Professional Baseball said Wednesday.

The relocation of the game on July 24 is aimed at supporting earthquake relief efforts as Sendai was hard hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, NPB said.

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Japan Beats Australia 3 - 1

Kensuke NagaiNagoya Grampus striker Kensuke Nagai scored twice as Japan’s Under-22s came from behind to beat their Australian counterparts 3-1 on Wednesday in their final warm-up ahead of their Asian qualifying campaign for next year’s London Olympics.

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