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Between two coronavirus postponements and two rainouts, the Central League-leading Yakult Swallows missed their fourth game in seven days, leaving just two CL games to be played Friday night.
In those games, Shogo Akiyama finally made his presence felt at the plate, while the Hanshin Tigers narrowly avoided being shutout.
The Seibu Lions, meanwhile, who pulled into a virtual tie for first place in the Pacific League on Thursday, announced three more infections Friday in addition to six infections discovered during the week, including shortstop and captain Sosuke Genda and closer Tatsushi Masuda. The team said it would not interrupt baseball activities.
Tigers 2, Dragons 1: At Koshien Stadium, Hanshin managed three hits and a walk – a walk that preceded Fumiya Hojo’s second-inning home run off rookie Kotaro Ueda (0-3), while Chunichi stranded seven base runners.Continue reading NPB news: July 15, 2022