Akimitsu Ito capped a seven-run first inning with a grand slam as the Seibu Lions handed the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes a 13-1 thrashing Monday night at Osaka Dome.
Alex Cabrera, appearing in his first game of the season, went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and a two-run single.
Ace right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka (1-1) allowed one run and scattered five hits and two walks while notching 12 strikeouts in eight innings for the win.
Kazuhiro Wada drove in three runs with his sixth and seventh homers of the season.
Buffaloes starter Katsuhiko Maekawa (1-2) was saddled with the loss after seven runs in just one-third of an inning.
Norihiro Nakamura drove in Kintetsu’s only run with an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Hawks 6, Marines 0
Daiei rapped out seven hits in a three-run first inning to beat Lotte at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Left-hander Toshiya Sugiuchi (2-1) went the distance, striking out nine and scattering four hits and two walks for the win.
BlueWave 4, Fighters 3
Yoshitomo Tani singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as Orix rallied to beat Nippon Ham at Yahoo BB Stadium.
NAGOYA (Kyodo) Hiroshima Carp right-hander Masayuki Hasegawa has been removed from the active roster after coming down with tonsillitis, team officials said Monday.
Hasegawa, who posted a team-high 13 wins with a 3.84 ERA last season, was diagnosed with tonsillitis and returned to Hiroshima after falling ill with a fever of more than 39 C during Sunday’s game against the Chunichi Dragons at Nagoya Dome.
Hasegawa was out of action for a week with similar symptoms right before the March 28 opening day and lost his first two starts.
Slumping right-hander Yasuhiro Oyamada, who acted as a closer in 2002, has also been removed from the roster.
Motoki mulls surgery
Yomiuri Giants infielder Daisuke Motoki may require surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder after a collision with teammate Toshihisa Nishi, team officials said Monday.
Officials said Motoki, who was hospitalized after being carried away on a stretcher Sunday, has been removed from the active roster.
Doctors have yet to determine whether Motoki will need an operation to reset his collarbone, they said.
Nishi only sustained bruises to his chest and twisted his right ankle in the accident, which occurred in the fifth inning Sunday at Tokyo Dome as the pair gave chase to a George Arias fly ball in a game against the Hanshin Tigers.
Officials gave no word on how long Motoki will need to recover. The defending champions have recently been hit with a spate of injuries, including leadoff hitter Takayuki Shimizu, who was deactivated Saturday due to a calf injury.
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