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NAGOYA, Japan | Japan beats MLB All-Stars 4-1, win series 5-1

NAGOYA, Japan— Sosuke Genda hit a three-run triple that chased starter Brian Johnson in a four-run second inning, and Japan beat the MLB All-Stars 4-1 Thursday for their fifth win in the six-game series. Genda scored on Ryosuke Kikuchi’s sacrifice fly off Erasmo Ramirez at the Nagoya Dome. NL Rookie of the Year Ronald Acuna … Continue reading NAGOYA, Japan | Japan beats MLB All-Stars 4-1, win series 5-1

HIROSHIMA, Japan | Japan rallies to beat MLB All-Stars 5-3 to lead series 3-1

HIROSHIMA, Japan  — Ryosuke Kikuchi drove in the go-ahead run as Japan rallied with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat the MLB All-Stars 5-3 and take a 3-1 lead in their six-game exhibition series on Tuesday. The ninth-inning comeback started when Kirby Yates walked leadoff batter Kazuki Tanaka, who stole … Continue reading HIROSHIMA, Japan | Japan rallies to beat MLB All-Stars 5-3 to lead series 3-1

TOKYO | Yanagita hits ‘sayonara’ home run to lift Japan over MLB

TOKYO — Yuki Yanagita hit a two-run walkoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning Friday to lift Japan to a 7-6 win over the MLB All-Stars in the opening game of a six-game exhibition series. Juan Soto, Carlos Santana and Amed Rosario had all homered to give the MLB squad a 6-4 … Continue reading TOKYO | Yanagita hits ‘sayonara’ home run to lift Japan over MLB

TOKYO | Mattingly, Molina set to lead MLB All-Star tour of Japan

TOKYO  — All-Star catcher Yadier Molina hopes to throw out some speedy runners. Don Mattingly looks forward to seeing Japan’s national team. Mattingly and Molina are in Japan as part of a Major League Baseball All-Star tour that features six games against Japan. The series begins on Friday with three games on consecutive nights at … Continue reading TOKYO | Mattingly, Molina set to lead MLB All-Star tour of Japan

SUZUKA, Japan | Hamilton claims pole for Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel 8th

SUZUKA, Japan— Championship leader Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes and taking a step closer to securing his fifth Formula One title. With rain threatening, Hamilton clocked a lap of 1 minute, 27.760 seconds to lead teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.299. Red Bull … Continue reading SUZUKA, Japan | Hamilton claims pole for Japanese Grand Prix, Vettel 8th

SUZUKA, Japan | Hamilton claims pole position for Japanese Grand Prix

SUZUKA, Japan— Championship leader Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes and taking a step closer to securing his fifth Formula One title. With rain threatening, Hamilton clocked a lap of 1 minute, 27.760 seconds to lead teammate Valtteri Bottas by 0.299. Red Bull … Continue reading SUZUKA, Japan | Hamilton claims pole position for Japanese Grand Prix

SUZUKA, Japan | Hamilton fastest in first practice for Japanese Grand Prix

SUZUKA, Japan — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton clocked the fastest time in the first practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix to lead a 1-2 finish for Mercedes. Hamilton had a time of 1 minute, 28.691 seconds, 0.446 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third. Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and … Continue reading SUZUKA, Japan | Hamilton fastest in first practice for Japanese Grand Prix

TOKYO | US Open champion Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan

TOKYO— Naomi Osaka’s homecoming couldn’t have gone much better. Playing in her first tournament since winning the U.S. Open, third-seeded Osaka impressed her Japanese fans Wednesday with a powerful 6-2, 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open. Osaka was in control of the second-round match from the outset, … Continue reading TOKYO | US Open champion Osaka dominant on return to action in Japan