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NPB news: June 29, 2022

This past week, Yakult Swallows games have taken on the tone of classic Japanese monster movies. Everyone knows the monster is coming and going to destroy a city or two, and there’s little to do but enjoy the carnage while mortals do their best to brave the dangers.

This past week, Yakult Swallows games have taken on the tone of classic Japanese monster movies. Everyone knows the monster is coming and going to destroy a city or two, and there’s little to do but enjoy the carnage while mortals do their best to brave the dangers.

Shall we see how this plays out?

Lions 6, Fighters 2: At Seibu Dome, Seibu has allowed three runs or fewer for 12 straight games, a streak last accomplished in 1965 by the Fukuoka-based Nishitetsu Lions.

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NPB news: June 12, 2022

The CL won interleague for the second time in two years and the third time overall since 2005 with a 55-53 record despite being outscored 375-338.

Tsuyoshi Wada pitched against the Yakult Swallows with a shot at his 37th career interleague win, while a pitcher half his age who is garnering 10 times as many headlines, Roki Sasaki, has been deactivated for another 10-day stint on the inactive list.

Brian O’Grady whipped it up, while, Dietrich Enns, and Joe Gunkel also had days to remember, so let’s get to it.

Sunday’s games

Swallows 3, Hawks 0: At Fukukuoka Dome, 41-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada and 25-year-old Keiji Takahashi stole the show from Munetaka Murakami in a riveting pitchers’ duel. Wada, whose velocity is the best it’s been since he had Tommy John surgery in 2012, struck out eight while allowing two walks and one hit over six innings.

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