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NPB news: July 2, 2023

Taiwan infielder Wu Nien-ting gave some oomph to his team’s “Taiwan Day” promotion, we have a new Pacific League leader, and Yakult escaped last place thanks to Jose Osuna and an amazing catch in left field by a backup catcher.

I went heavy on the video yesterday, but after it kept me up until 3 am ahead of going to Seibu for a day game today, I’m fairly wiped out, so I’m going light tonight. Sorry for that.

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Sunday’s games

Fighters 6, Buffaloes 3: At Kitahiroshima Taxpayers Burden Field, Koki Kitayama (5-3) worked 6-2/3 innings, leaving with one out and one on in the seventh and a 5-3 lead after Marwin Gonzalez’s RBI infield single. He was charged with three runs.

Orix, who entered with a three-game win streak and a half-game lead over SoftBank, took the early lead on Kotaro Kurebayashi’s first-inning solo homer. Nippon Ham wiped that out in a four-run third when Daiki Asama doubled in two, and new Fighter Yuya Gunji singled in two more.

Kotaro Kiyomiya reached base four times with two walks and an eighth-inning solo homer, while Go Matsumoto singled twice and scored twice, to prime Fighters’ offense against Taisuke Yamaoka (1-1), who was chased by Chusei Mannami’s two-out fourth-inning single that left a mark on third baseman Yuma Mune.

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NPB news: June 20, 2023

DeNA clinched first place in interleague for the first time in franchise history Tuesday, when the Rakuten Eagles, the last team with a chance to finish 11-7 with a superior figure in the tie-break solution, got hammered 13-0.

The good news is that no one in the media is calling the interleague winning team anything other than champion, which interleague rules explicitly say it is not.

On Monday, DeNA had a chance to clinch first prize but blew a two-run eighth-inning lead on an Ariel Martinez two-run single, Fighters closer Seigi Tanaka (2-1) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the eighth, Chusei Mannami hit his PL-leading 13th home run off Yasuaki Yamasaki in the 10th for a 4-3 win.

That left DeNA waiting to see if the Eagles could win Tuesday and Wednesday while scoring a huge amount of runs. Perhaps there was a miscommunication among the Eagles, thinking they only needed to play a pair of one-sided games.

Yakult presented that opportunity by throwing a bullpen day at the Eagles, but Yuto Kanakubo threw four hitless innings in his season debut, and four other relievers held Rakuten to two hits, while Jose Osuna cracked a three-run first-inning homer, his 12th, and Soma Uchiyama hit a two-run shot in the five-run inning,

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