• Kyodo


Andy Sheets homered and drove home four runs and Tsuyoshi Shimoyanagi combined with three relievers on a five-hit shutout as the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers blanked the Yakult Swallows 5-0 Friday.

Sheets put Hanshin ahead with an RBI grounder in the first inning and then keyed a four-run seventh with a three-run homer after Takashi Toritani hit a run-scoring infield single at Koshien Stadium.

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