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Tomochika Tsuboi drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk for the go-ahead run and Tomoyuki Oda added an insurance run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, lifting the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters over the Seibu Lions 4-2 in the Pacific League on Monday.

News photoOrix’s Keiichi Hirano watches the ball sail into Osaka Dome’s right field stands for a two-run
homer in the third inning of Monday’s game against the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. The
Buffaloes blanked Rakuten 4-0.

A Shogo Akada single in the fifth inning tied the game at 2-all for the Lions, but Daisuke Matsuzaka wasted his efforts by giving up two runs in the seventh at Sapporo Dome, failing to save the visitors from dropping their fourth straight game.

Yu Darvish (2-0) allowed two runs on five hits while walking five in seven innings in a heated duel against Matsuzaka (5-9), who took the loss despite striking out nine over the distance.

Buffaloes 4, Eagles 0

At Osaka Dome, Hirotoshi Kitagawa put Orix on the board with an RBI double in the second inning and Keiichi Hirano hit a two-run homer to extend the lead in third as the Buffaloes shut out Rakuten.

Nagashima to see game

Former Yomiuri Giants manager and Japanese baseball icon Shigeo Nagashima indicated Monday he is hoping to make his first public appearance in a year and four months when he attends the Giants’ home game next month.

The 69-year-old Nagashima, who has been undergoing rehabilitation after suffering a stroke in March last year, said through the Central League club’s Web site that he is planning to go to Tokyo Dome for the July 3 night game against the Hiroshima Carp after consulting with his family.

“Since I began rehab, I’ve been wanting to go to Tokyo Dome to cheer for the players along with the fans. I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.

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