• The Associated Press


Tomoaki Kanemoto doubled in a pair of runs Tuesday as the Hanshin Tigers scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning en route to a 8-1 win over the Yomiuri Giants.

News photoTomoaki Kanemoto of the Tigers connects for a two-run double off Yomiuri Giants lefty Hisanori Takahashi during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture. Hanshin won 8-1.

Kanemoto’s clutch double over the head of Yomiuri rightfielder Yoshinobu Takahashi helped the Tigers take a commanding 5-1 lead in steady rain at Koshien Stadium.

Makoto Imaoka also drove in a pair of runs for the Tigers, who remained in first place in the Central League standings with Tuesday’s win.

Hanshin starter Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi picked up the win after holding the Giants to one run on three hits over five innings.

Dragons 3, Carp 1

At Nagoya Dome, starter Kenta Asakura gave up one run on six hits over 6 2/3 innings as Chunichi downed Hiroshima.

Swallows at BayStars — ppd.


Hawks 7, Eagles 3

At Fullcast Stadium, Julio Zuleta went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs to power Softbank over Rakuten.

Zuleta, who homered in Softbank’s 4-0 win over Rakuten on Monday, doubled in the seventh when the Hawks scored three runs to take a commanding 7-3 lead.

Fighters 15, Lions 7

At Invoice Seibu Dome, infielder Hiroshi Narahara drove in three runs in the top of the first inning with a single up the middle as Nippon Ham jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to a big win over Seibu.

Jose Fernandez hit a three-run homer for the Lions in the bottom of the third but the Fighters had already scored nine runs through the first three innings.

Marines at Buffaloes — ppd.

Kawakami off roster

NAGOYA (Kyodo) The Chunichi Dragons removed ace right-hander and Sawamura Award winner Kenshin Kawakami from the active roster Tuesday due to a suspected injury to his right hand.

None of the team’s officials, Kawakami or manager Hiromitsu Ochiai would give reporters any details of the injury. Kawakami will be eligible to return to the roster on April 22.

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