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NPB news: June 22, 2022

Roki Sasaki returned from 10 days of R and R, and looked all the better for it. Dietrich Enns delivered a solid start for the Seibu Lions, and Adam Walker had a game that has typified his season, one weak defensive play followed by a decisive home run for the Yomiuri Giants.

Akira Neo showed more flashes of good stuff on the mound, while the Hiroshima Carp continue to make the Hanshin Tigers roll over and play dead, and we have a new Pacific League leader.

Shall we get started?

Wednesday’s games

Marines 2, Lions 1: At Chiba Marine Stadium, Roki Sasaki (6-1) allowed three hits and three walks while striking out nine over seven innings. His command was as good as it’s been since his April perfect game as he consistently hit the glove, although his fastball was often flat, his splitter was very good.

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NPB news: June 21, 2022

Former high school sensation Kosei Yoshida returned to Akita, the city next to his hometown of Katagami, to face the Rakuten Eagles, and got off to a heck of a start Tuesday for the Fighters on a day when pitchers’ duels were the thing.

We learned Tuesday that during the four days between the ending of interleague play and the resumption of league play, Hawks chairman Sadaharu Oh stepped in and oversaw practices, imparting some wisdom in his role as the team’s tactical advisor.

The Hawks also lost one of their new imports, who never got a chance to throw a pitch for the big-league club. I also published my first projected finishes for the season, which some of you will enjoy.

And just so the news isn’t all about SoftBank, another team has entered the bidding for the services of outfielder Shogo Akiyama following the Hawks and Seibu Lions.

Shall we get started?

Tuesday’s games

Eagles 3, Fighters 0 : At Akita Stadium, Kosei Yoshida (1-2) allowed two runs in the fifth inning as catcher Hikaru Ota singled in Ginji Akaminai and Ryosuke Tatsumi with one out. Eagles starter Takahiro Norimoto (5-2) allowed three hits, a walk and hit a batter over 6-2/3 innings while striking out five. Three relievers completed the Eagles’ four-hit shutout with Yuki Matsui earning his 17th save.

Hideto Asamura also belted his 17th home run.

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