Baseball: Chunichi's Kawai, Iwase Combine To Blank Rakuten

Baseball: Chunichi's Kawai, Iwase combine to blank RakutenYudai Kawai three-hit the Rakuten Eagles over eight shutout innings as the Chunichi Dragons won 3-0 in interleague action Thursday.

Kawai (2-1) allowed the Eagles just a single and a pair of infield hits during a 111-pitch outing before handing the baton to closer Hitoski Iwase, who pitched a perfect ninth to collect his 17th save.

Baseball: Yamauchi Solid, Hirata Homers Chunichi's Win Over Seibu

Baseball: Yamauchi solid, Hirata homers Chunichi's win over SeibuSoma Yamauchi pitched seven scoreless innings and Ryosuke Hirata homered as the Chunichi Dragons held off the Seibu Lions 3-2 in interleague action at Nagoya Dome on Saturday.

Hirata hit a two-out, solo drive in the second inning and Masahiro Araki's suicide squeeze followed Yohei Oshima's one-out triple for the second run in the third. Catcher Motonobu Tanishige doubled down the right-field line to plate the decisive run in the seventh.

Chunichi Ace Yoshimi To Rest Strained Left Thigh

Chunichi ace Yoshimi to rest strained left thighChunichi Dragons ace Kazuki Yoshimi has been diagnosed with a biceps femoris strain in his left leg, the club said Tuesday.

Dragons manager Morimichi Takagi said after the day's 1-0 win over the Hanshin Tigers at Nagoya Dome, ''We'll give Yoshimi some time to recover from the injury. We'll remove him from the active roster.''

Baseball: Yamasaki Cements Place As Chunichi's Cleanup Hitter

Baseball: Yamasaki cements place as Chunichi's cleanup hitterVeteran slugger Takeshi Yamasaki continues to make headway in the run-up to his first season back with the Chunichi Dragons.

Yamasaki hit his third home run of the spring with a solo shot off fellow veteran Fumiya Nishiguchi in the second inning of a 3-2 loss to the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old two-time home run leader will now likely bat cleanup and play first base in Chunichi's season-opening game against the Hiroshima Carp on March 30, having outperformed Tony Blanco in exhibition play.

Kawakami Aims To Impress In Return To Chunichi

Kawakami aims to impress in return to ChunichiBack with his old team after a three-year humbling in the major leagues, Kenshin Kawakami is setting out to regain his status as the Chunichi Dragons' ace.

''I would like to make my presence felt in the startingrotation,'' said Kawakami, who returns to Chunichi for the first time in four years, ahead of the 2011 Central League champion's spring training camp in Okinawa getting under way Wednesday.