• The Associated Press


At Koshien Stadium on Sunday, Makoto Imaoka went 4-for-4 and drove in five runs as the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers trounced the Hiroshima Carp 10-0.

Imaoka singled in a run in a five-run first inning and hit a two-run double in the second as the Tigers took an 8-0 lead. In the fourth, Imaoka hit his 25th home run of the season to increase his league-leading RBI total to 127.

Naohisa Sugiyama gave up eight hits over the distance to pick up the win as the Tigers opened up a commanding six-game lead over Chunichi.

On Saturday, Hanshin demolished the Carp 21-2.

Giants 2, Dragons 1

At Tokyo Dome, Koji Uehara gave up one run on four hits over the distance as Yomiuri edged fading Chunichi.

Takayuki Shimizu hit a solo homer in the fifth and Shinnosuke Abe added a tie-breaking solo blast in the eighth as the Giants swept the Dragons.

BayStars 5, Swallows 4

At Yokohama Stadium, pinch-hitter Seiichi Uchikawa hit a three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning as the BayStars edged Yakult.


Hawks 7, Eagles 4

In Sendai, Kenji Jojima and Jolbert Cabrera each drove in three runs as league-leading Softbank downed Rakuten.

Cabrera doubled in three runs in the first inning at Fullcast Stadium and Jojima connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning.

Lions 6, Marines 4

At Invoice Seibu Dome, Takeya Nakamura connected for a grand slam in the second inning, leading Seibu past Chiba Lotte.

Seibu reliever Akira Miyakoshi came on in the third inning and picked up the win after holding the Marines scoreless over 3 1/3 innings.

Alex Cabrera and Kazuhiro Wada homered for the Lions.

Buffaloes 5, Fighters 2

At Sapporo Dome, Cliff Brumbaugh and Mitsutaka Goto each drove in a pair of runs as Orix beat Nippon Ham.

Goto singled in two runs in the third inning and Brumbaugh hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning off Nippon Ham starter Yu Darvish.

NPB asks Oh to manage

Nippon Professional Baseball officials have decided to ask Softbank Hawks manager Sadaharu Oh to steer the Japan team at the inaugural World Baseball Classic next spring, sources said Sunday.

The move comes as NPB and the players association continue talks in an effort to reach an agreement over Japan’s participation in the first-ever international tournament to feature major league players representing their countries.

NPB will make an official request to Oh in the coming days.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.