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NPB wrap 9-28-21

The Swallows gained a game in the Central League on both the Yomiuri Giants and Hanshin Tigers on Tuesday thanks to three home runs and a fine pitching performance from rookie Yasunobu Okugawa. Thirty-nine-year-old Norichika Aoki drove in all of Yakult’s runs with a grand slam, while 44-year-old Kosuke Fukudome’s homer sank the Giants, and Seiya Suzuki’s 30th home run beat the Tigers.

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NPB wrap 9-26-21

The Yakult Swallows left a mark on the Chunichi Dragons largely in part to yet another effective start from 41-year-old low-velocity lefty Masanori Ishikawa and seven RBIs from Tetsuto Yamada, but it didn’t help them gain ground in the CL pennant race after the Hanshin Tigers held off the third-place Giants thanks to a three-run double from 41-year-old Yoshio Itoi.

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