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Murton powers Tigers past woeful BayStars

Kyodo

Matt Murton hit a go-ahead three-run double in the sixth inning, leading the Hanshin Tigers to a 4-2 win over the Yokohama BayStars on Friday.

Murton’s bases-loaded double to right-center turned a 2-1 deficit into a two-run lead at Koshien Stadium in the final home game for outgoing Tigers manager Akinobu Mayumi.

The former major leaguer went 2-for-4 on the night to raise his batting average to .312, second in the Central League only to the Yomiuri Giants’ Hisayoshi Chono (.315).

Shinobu Fukuhara (2-3) won in relief. Kyuji Fujikawa threw a perfect ninth to reach 40 saves for the first time since 2007.

Kentaro Takasaki (5-15) was charged with four runs in six innings.

Shuichi Murata had two hits and a sacrifice fly for the BayStars.

Igarashi released

New York
KYODO

Reliever Ryota Igarashi has been released by the New York Mets, according to an ESPN report.

The 32-year-old former Tokyo Yakult Swallows right-hander has just completed a two-year, $3 million deal.

Igarashi would not normally be eligible for free agency until after six years of major league service. But there was a clause in his contract granting free-agency rights if the sides could not agree to a new deal after the expiration of the original agreement, the report said.

Igarashi went 5-2 with a 5.74 ERA over two seasons and also spent significant stretches in the minor leagues.

Ryan’s prediction

AP
St. Louis

Nolan Ryan, the Texas Rangers president and chief executive had boldly predicted on a Dallas radio station that Texas would need six games to wrap up the World Series, but the St. Louis Cardinals had already taken the opener and were leading Game 2 by a run heading into the ninth inning.

That’s when Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus delivered back-to-back singles, and Josh Hamilton and Michael Young followed with back-to-back sacrifice flies. Texas went on to win 2-1.

“Our offense is such that every night, we can break out and have a big inning like we did against Detroit,” Ryan said before Game 2 at Busch Stadium on Thursday.

“. . .I feel every night that we should score some runs and give our pitchers the opportunity to win some ballgames.”