Tigers halt sales

The Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League have halted ticket sales for its games starting Tuesday and running through at least May 2 due to Kyodo News (Japanese) reported Friday.

Kyodo News (English) reported Friday that Japan’s government has responded to surging infections by calling for stricter measures in three prefectures, Osaka, neighboring Hyogo Prefecture — where the Tigers are based — and northeastern Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture.

Tickets already sold and those reserved by season-ticket holders will not be affected, the club said.

The announcement comes as Japan’s government battles to save the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this summer in a sequel to its March 2020 postponement acceptance drama.

The Pacific League’s Orix Buffaloes, who play their home games at Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, and the PL’s Rakuten Eagles, whose home park is in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, will likely be forced to take additional steps.

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