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NPB news: May 21, 2023

On Sunday in NPB, the best game was a draw, Adam Walker kickstarted the Giants, Lotte was overpowering even on a bullpen day, there was a bases-loaded squeeze, and Nippon Ham’s rookie two-way player, Kota Yazawa, made his big league pitching debut.

Sunday’s games

Tigers 4, Carp 1: At Koshien Stadium, Hiroto Saiki (2-3) returned to the Tigers rotation for the first time since April, and pitched as well as he does when he’s right, striking out seven and walking none while allowing an unearned run in 6-2/3 innings.

Teruaki Sato scored two of the Tigers’ runs, and Ryutaro Umeno walked, singled twice and drove in three. Hiroshima’s Drew Anderson (2-1) allowed two runs, one earned, over 4-1/3 innings.

Tigers-Carp highlights
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