Yakult Swallows outfielder Norichika Aoki tied the Central League record with 192 hits in a season, while Hanshin Tigers infielder Makoto Imaoka hit a solo homer to match the franchise record for RBIs in Hanshin’s 7-0 win on Sunday.
Aoki singled to left in the third inning at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium to match the 1999 record set by former Yokohama BayStars infielder Robert Rose. Ichiro Suzuki has a Japanese baseball record with 210 hits in 1994, when he was with the Pacific League’s Orix BlueWave.
Carp 4, Dragons 2
At Nagoya Dome, Tomonori Maeda hit a go-ahead two-run homer and left-hander Takayuki Oshima pitched effectively for Hiroshima.
Giants 1, BayStars 0
At Tokyo Dome, Koji Uehara pitched his second complete-game shutout of the season and Yoshinobu Takahashi homered for the game’s only run.
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