• Kyodo


Takeshi Yamasaki hit a pinch-hit RBI single to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning Tuesday as the Pacific League cellar-dwelling Rakuten Eagles snapped a five-game losing skid with a 5-4 home-game victory over the Yakult Swallows in interleague play.

Yamasaki, a 19th-year veteran who found a new home with the Sendai-based team this year, carried a full-count pitch by Masahiro Yoshikawa (1-1) to center with two out and a runner on third at Fullcast Stadium after the Swallows scored two runs to knot the game at 4-all in the sixth.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.