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Kentaro Sekimoto went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to help make a winner out of Katsuhiko Maekawa, who allowed three runs in four innings, as the Central League champion Hanshin Tigers pounded out 14 hits to crush the Lotte Marines 8-3 in a preseason game on Thursday.

At Fukuoka Dome, Shoichi Murata singled off newcomer Hector Mercado to break a 4-all tie in the top of the ninth inning and leadoff man Tatsuhiko Kinjo drove in a pair of runs as the Yokohama BayStars beat the Daiei Hawks 6-4 in a 20-hit slugfest.

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