Japan Series table setters study in contrasts

Japan Series table setters study in contrasts
The Japan Series, which begins this afternoon in Fukuoka, could develop into a top-of-the-order battle of the ages. The Hawks, who scored at least one first-inning run a Japan-high 46 times this season, are spearheaded by 30-year-old leadoff man …
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Pitching carries Hawks to third straight win
Eye on the target: Hawks left-hander Hiroki Yamada throws a pitch in Game 5 of the Japan Series on Thursday at Nagoya Dome. Fukuoka Softbank beat Chunichi 5-0. KYODO Now that their first Japan Series title since 2003 is within reach, the Hawks won't …
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Dragons stand between Hawks and Japan Series glory
By JASON COSKREY A long strange season has come to its final bend as the Japan Series prepares to decide NPB's top team. Lean on me: Fukuoka Softbank's Seiichi Uchikawa led NPB with a batting average of .338 this season. KYODO PHOTOS That's a title …
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