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Noriyuki Shiroishi delivered a “sayonara” hit in the 11th inning Monday as the Yakult Swallows of the Central League defeated the Softbank Hawks of the Pacific League 3-2 in interleague play and ended a five-game losing streak.

News photoYakult slugger Alex Ramirez belts a solo homer in the sixth inning Monday at Jingu Stadium. The Swallows beat the Softbank Hawks 3-2 after 11 innings.

Shiroishi, who replaced Akinori Iwamura in the starting lineup, went 1-for-5 and carried a fastball by Koji Mise up the middle with two out after Yuichi Matsumoto, Alex Ramirez and Adam Riggs loaded the bases on three straight singles at Jingu Stadium.

Hirotoshi Ishii (2-0) worked the 10th and 11th for the win, and Yasushi Kamiuchi (3-1), who was relieved by Mise with one out in the 11th, was tagged with the loss.

Ramirez hit a game-tying solo homer in the sixth inning, sending the game into extra innings.

The Hawks wasted a one-out, bases-loaded opportunity in the top of the 11th.

Dodgers to waive Nori

CINCINNATI (Kyodo) The Los Angeles Dodgers designated Norihiro Nakamura to the minor leagues Sunday evening to make room on the 40-man roster for infielder Oscar Robles, who was playing in the Mexican League when his contract was purchased.

The move means Nakamura, who was promoted April 10 after signing a minor-league deal with the Dodgers in February, will be placed on waivers, giving all teams an opportunity to acquire the 31-year-old Japanese player.

“I felt like I’m not needed by the team,” Nakamura said. “I’ll go back to Los Angeles and talk to my agent and family before I decide what to do.”

“They’re not thinking about the long run,” he said. “I did the best I could under the circumstances. I wish I had more plate appearances.”

Nakamura hit .128 with three RBIs and no homers in 17 games in the majors.

Gagne on target

LAS VEGAS (AP) Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne struck out the side in the ninth inning during his one-inning rehabilitation assignment with the Las Vegas 51s on Sunday.

Gagne, the 2003 Cy Young award winner, threw strikes on 11 of his 13 pitches to fan Sacramento’s eighth, ninth and leadoff batters in the 51s’ 10-7 loss to the River Cats.

“I was really surprised, the results were great,” said Gagne, who has been out all season because of a strained right elbow and a sprained left knee. “My knee felt great, my arm felt great.”

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