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Rakuten thumps Orix in preseason

OSAKA (Kyodo) Fuminori Yokogawa hit a two-run home run to contribute in an 18-hit attack as the Rakuten Eagles walloped the Orix Buffaloes 11-1 in a preseason game on Thursday.

Yokogawa featured among four players who drove in two runs apiece and Hiroshi Katayama pitched six innings of one-run ball at Kyocera Dome.

Teppei Tsuchiya had three hits and drove in a run. Orix’s Ryan Vogelsong, acquired from the Hanshin Tigers this off-season, yielded four runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 shaky innings.

In other action, the Hiroshima Carp rallied to beat the Chunichi Dragons 15-10.