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Nakata slugs homer in loss

NAGO, Okinawa Pref. (Kyodo) Rookie infielder Sho Nakata hit his first home run of the preseason, but the Yokohama BayStars defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 7-3 on Saturday.

Nakata took a 2-2 slider from Kentaro Takasaki to the left-field stands with one out and none on in the second inning to give Nippon Ham a 3-0 lead at Nago Municipal Stadium.

Shuichi Murata and newcomer J.J. Furmaniak delivered two-run homers in Yokohama’s 16-hit come-from-behind victory.