Tigers swat down Eagles


An RBI sacrifice fly by Atsushi Fujimoto in the third inning was all the Hanshin Tigers needed to post their second straight victory over the Rakuten Eagles 4-0 in the only interleague game held Monday.

Shinjiro Hiyama singled home the second run in the fourth and Tomoaki Kanemoto added two runs on a double — his second of the night — in the eighth at Fullcast Stadium in Miyagi Prefecture as the Central League-leading Tigers moved seven games over .500 for their best record this season.

Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi (6-0) scattered three hits in six innings and combined with three pitchers on a five-hit shutout. Shimoyanagi maintained his perfect record after seven starts while Makoto Kito (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his first game this season.

The Eagles, who were on a season-high four-game winning streak until Saturday, suffered back-to-back losses.

Tuffy fined $1,000

The Associated Press

Yomiuri Giants outfielder Tuffy Rhodes was fined by the Pacific League on Monday for protesting a called third strike in the 12th inning of Sunday’s 3-3 tie with the Orix Buffaloes.

Rhodes addressed the home plate umpire with language deemed offensive by the Pacific League office and was slapped with a $1,000 fine.

It’s the second time this season that Rhodes has been fined.

In late April, Rhodes was critical of his teammates after a 7-5 loss to the Yakult Swallows and was later fined by his team.