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Shinjo, Ogasawara swat down Lions

Kyodo

Michihiro Ogasawara, Fernando Seguignol and Shinji Takahashi homered to help power the Nippon Ham Fighters to a 12-4 victory over the second-place Seibu Lions in the Pacific League on Wednesday.

News photoNippon Ham Fighters starter Carlos Mirabal delivers a pitch against the Seibu Lions at Seibu Dome. The Fighters won 12-4.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo’s two-run single opened the scoring before Ogasawara hit a two-run blast and Nippon Ham sent nine batters to the plate in a six-run second inning at Seibu Dome.

Carlos Mirabal (10-9) allowed two hits in seven shutout innings while striking out seven and Seguignol connected for a switch-hit three-run shot, his 43rd homer this season, to extend the lead to 10-0 in a four-run fourth.

The Lions rallied for four runs in the ninth but it was too little, too late.

Takashi Ishii (1-5) was chased in 3 2/3 innings after allowing 10 runs — six unearned.

Buffaloes 2, Marines 0

At Chiba Marine Stadium, Shogo Yamamoto (3-1) scattered nine hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Daisuke Masuda hit a two-run homer in the second, sending Lotte one game below .500 and into fourth place.

CENTRAL LEAGUE

Tigers 2, Dragons 0

At Koshien Stadium, Shinobu Fukuhara threw seven scoreless innings and George Arias homered as Hanshin blanked first-place Chunichi.

Giants 8, Carp 0

At Hiroshima Stadium, Koji Uehara scattered seven hits in seven innings as Yomiuri crushed the Carp in a game delayed several minutes by a power outage.

Swallows 4, BayStars 3 (11)

At Jingu Stadium, Alex Ramirez singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Yakult edged Yokohama.

Rocket to land in Japan

Houston Astros pitcher Roger Clemens is among eight members on the second list to take part in an eight-game exhibition series in Japan in November, baseball officials said Wednesday.

Clemens, who has a 327 career wins, will make his second appearance in the series and first since 1992. The 42-year-old is currently 17-4 with the Astros.

Boston Red Sox infielder David Ortiz, who is in the chase for the American League RBI title, Baltimore Orioles infielder Miguel Tejada and Florida Marlins lefty Dontrelle Willis, the 2003 National League Rookie of the Year, have also been selected.

Pitchers Jason Marquis and Ray King of the St. Louis Cardinals and Chris Reitsma of the Atlanta Braves, as well as catcher Victor Martinez of the Cleveland Indians, will also participate in the Nov. 5-14 series in five major cities.

Cardinals’ infielder Albert Pujols and Texas Rangers infielder Alfonso Soriano were among a group of five players on the primary list to play against a Japanese squad comprised of All-Star players.

The first three games will be played at Tokyo Dome on Nov. 5-7 before the series moves to Fukuoka, Osaka, Sapporo and Nagoya and travels back to Tokyo for the final game on Nov. 14.