• Kyodo


Nobuhiko Matsunaka capped his three-homer night against Daisuke Matsuzaka with a “sayonara” solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Pacific League-leading Softbank Hawks beat the Seibu Lions 4-3 on Friday.

Matsunaka drove a 1-1 fastball into the right-field stands of Yahoo Dome for his PL-high 32nd home run after hitting a solo homer in the second and a two-run blast in the fourth in a 4-for-4 outing, which also featured a double.

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