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Home field advantage helps Giants tie Swallows

After a night spent blowing chances, the Yomiuri Giants may have gotten their biggest assist from the Tokyo Dome turf.




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Japanese Baseball Scores

CENTRAL LEAGUE
Swallows 4 - 4 Giants
Dragons 4 - 1 BayStars
PACIFIC LEAGUE
Fighters 5 - 4 Marines
Hawks 3 - 1 Eagles
Lions 6 - 2 Buffaloes
CENTRAL W L T Pct GB
Swallows 28 20 7 .583
Dragons 27 26 1 .509 3.5
Tigers 24 30 1 .444 7.0
Giants 23 29 4 .442 7.0
Carp 22 28 5 .440 7.0
BayStars 21 33 5 .389 10.0
PACIFIC W L T Pct GB
Hawks 38 17 3 .691
Fighters 35 20 1 .636 3.0
Buffaloes 27 28 3 .491 11.0
Lions 25 28 2 .472 12.0
Marines 24 28 3 .462 12.5
Eagles 24 31 3 .436 14.0

COLUMNS BY ROBERT WHITING

Nomo's move had profound impact

In an exclusive four-part series, Robert Whiting analyzes Hideo Nomo's move to the major leagues 15 years ago and how it dramatically changed pro baseball on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.
Nomo's legacy should land him in Hall of Fame
Tireless work ethic earned Nomo respect in majors
Contract loophole opened door for Nomo's jump
Nomo blazed trail, helped mend fences with move

Enatsu's feats resonate years later
Enatsu's feats resonate years laterNippon Professional Baseball recently released the results of an interesting survey of the greatest games and moments ― regular season and postseason ― in its history...

Valentine era with Marines examined

Valentine era with Marines examinedBest-selling author Robert Whiting, who wrote "You Gotta Have Wa," "The Meaning of Ichiro," and "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat," returns to top form in an exhaustively researched exclusive four-part expose on Bobby Valentine's rise and fall with the Chiba Lotte Marines.

History, tradition helped to undermine Valentine
Resentment of Valentine's power factored in downfall
Valentine's philosophy brought Marines glory, money
Clandestine campaign led to Valentine's demise

Japan's classic updated

Japan's classic updatedThe Japan Times presents two excerpts from the new afterword of Robert Whiting's updated "You Gotta Have Wa." First published in 1989, Whiting's best-selling nonfiction book offers an insightful look at the culture clashes that often occur when foreigner players and managers interact with Japanese teams.

Open mind key to Hillman's success
Hillman relied on intensity, goofball antics during time with Fighters

Reflecting on a legend's legacy

Reflecting on a legend's legacyIn a special three-part series, renowned author Robert Whiting examines all-time home run king Sadaharu Oh's 50 years in baseball, beginning with his early days as a struggling hitter on the Giants to his final days as a skipper of the Softbank Hawks.

Devoted to the game: Looking back at Oh's career
Oh's career sparkled with achievements as player, manager
Equaling Oh's HR record proved difficult

MLB's effect on Japan

Robert WhitingBest-selling author Robert Whiting, who has penned such classics as "You Gotta Have Wa," "The Chrysanthemum and the Bat" and "The Meaning of Ichiro," explores the effect Major League Baseball is having on the Japanese pro game by signing away its top players, in an exclusive four-part series.

Is the MLB destroying Japan's national pastime?
Foreign managers change face of Japanese game
NPB needs major reform, vision to prosper like MLB
NPB players in need of strong union like MLBPA

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