• Kyodo


Mototsugu Kawanaka homered as the Yomiuri Giants erupted for five runs in the third inning en route to a 10-4 triumph over the Hanshin Tigers in a preseason game Monday.

Giants rookie right-hander Yuya Kubo allowed one run on six hits in four innings. Kawanaka belted a two-run shot in a three-run second off starter Keiichi Yabu, who was saddled with his first loss of the preseason after surrendering eight runs in three innings.

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