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Akihiro Yano, Tomoaki Kanemoto and Makoto Imaoka each homered off a shaky Scott Mullen in a nine-run eruption in the second inning as the Central-League leading Hanshin Tigers went on to rip the Yomiuri Giants 9-1 on Thursday night at Tokyo Dome.

Imaoka sparked the rout with a run-scoring single followed by Yano’s two-out solo blast to right field as the Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in the explosive inning.

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