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Akihiro Yano hit a two-run double in the fourth inning and fellow All-Star Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi pitched six shutout innings as the Hanshin Tigers stretched their winning streak to six games with a 3-0 shutout of the Chunichi Dragons.

News photoKazuhiro Kiyohara of the Yomiuri Giants belts a two-run homer against the Hiroshima Carp.

Makoto Imaoka and Shane Spencer hit back-to-back two-out singles to set up Yano’s clutch hit and Takashi Toritani singled home an insurance run in the ninth, helping Hanshin solidify its lead in the Central League by moving eight games ahead of second-place Chunichi.

Giants 6, Carp 2

At Hiroshima Stadium, Shinnosuke Abe and Kazuhiro Kiyohara hit two-run homers and Hisanori Takahashi threw six effective innings, leading Yomiuri to victory.

Kiyohara’s made it 5-0 in the fifth with his homer. It was the 510th of his career as he moved into a tie for fifth on the all-time home run list in Japanese baseball.


Fighters 10, Buffaloes 7

At Skymark Stadium in Kobe, Tomoyuki Oda hit a key two-run homer and Tsuyoshi Shinjo went deep twice as Hokkaido Nippon Ham beat Orix with a 14-hit, five-homer attack.

Giants release Kapler

The Yomiuri Giants have released Gabe Kapler and applied to have the former Boston Red Sox outfielder put on waivers, officials of the Central League club said Friday.

Last month, Kapler was taken off the roster and was treated for lower back problems that began in May. He asked the club to terminate his contract citing a failure to fully recover and dim prospects of a return to the first team.

Japan beats U.S. in collegiate opener

OSAKA (Kyodo) Yuta Naito hit a pair of RBI hits and Kenji Otonari struck out 11 in seven strong innings to lead Japan to a 7-3 victory over the United States in the opening game of the bilateral collegiate championship Friday.

Hachinohe University outfielder Naito doubled home a run in the third and added an RBI single in the fifth to help Japan take a 5-3 lead before the host added four runs in the eighth to make it 7-1 at Osaka Dome.

Kinki University left-hander Otonari held the Americans to one run and three hits as Japan took the opener of the annual series that began in 1972. Game 2 of this year’s five-game series will be played in Kumano, Mie Prefecture, on Saturday.

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