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Ken Kadokura pitched a four-hitter and struck out 12 over eight shutout innings, leading the Yokohama BayStars to a 3-0 blanking of the Hiroshima Carp in the Central League on Tuesday.

News photoAlex Ochoa of the Chunichi Dragons hits a two-run home run off Yomiuri Giants reliever
Yukinaga Maeda in the seventh inning Tuesday at Sapporo Dome. The Dragons won 11-2.

Kadokura (5-3) walked none of the 28 batters he faced to set the pace en route to victory at Yokohama Stadium. Mark Kroon worked a perfect ninth for his 14th save.

Dragons 11, Giants 2

At Sapporo Dome, six of the starting nine had multiple hits and Hirokazu Ibata and Alex Ochoa both went deep in Chunichi’s 16-hit rout.

Tigers 7, Swallows 5


Hawks 8, Fighters 7 (10)

At Tokyo Dome, Hisao Arakane hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning, lifting Pacific-League leading Softbank to victory.

Eagles 5, Buffaloes 3

At Iwate Prefectural Stadium, Yuji Yoshioka hit a two-run drive and Luis Lopez had a run-scoring single off Kevin Beirne (2-9) to stretch the lead in the third inning, helping Gary Rath win his first decision with Tohoku Rakuten in a victory over Orix.

Marines 10, Lions 9

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Toshiaki Imae homered and Kazuya Fukuura delivered a two-run single off Chikara Onodera (0-2) as Chiba Lotte rallied for four runs to grab the lead in the ninth.

Furuta opposes WBC

Japanese players’ association president Atsuya Furuta repeated his stance Tuesday opposing holding the inaugural World Baseball Classic next spring as it will interfere with Japanese players’ training preparations for the regular season.

“The players will have to start training two weeks before the start of the competition and maintain themselves until they peak on the (March) 25th. That’s a lot to expect,” said Furuta.

Furuta added that holding the competition before the soccer World Cup is out of the question, reiterating his request to have the tournament in November after the Japanese baseball regular season.

“There’s no way to do this before the soccer World Cup. Marketing must be done to decide the best time to hold the competition,” he said.

Japan winds down

With the title already in the bag, Japan was crushed 13-2 by the United States in the final game of the baseball collegiate championship on Tuesday.

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