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Okada earns PL home run title

Kyodo News

Orix Buffaloes outfielder Takahiro Okada won his first Pacific League home run title with 33 as the league concluded its 2010 regular-season schedule on Friday.

The 22-year-old — known as “T-Okada” — hit five more than second-place Takeshi Yamasaki of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in his breakout season.

Chiba Lotte Marines shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka led the PL with a .346 batting average and 206 hits.

In pitching, Nippon Ham ace Yu Darvish was No. 1 in two categories with a 1.78 ERA and 222 strikeouts.

Softbank left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada and Orix right-hander Chihiro Kaneko won 17 games each. Seibu’s Brian Sikorski picked up 33 saves.