Aoki stroking in Swallows win


Norichika Aoki went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, leading the Tokyo Yakult Swallows to an 8-4 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in a preseason game Sunday.

The 2005 Central League batting champion singled and had a two-run double in his first two at-bats before driving in another run with a eighth-inning double.

Newly acquired Yakult outfielder Aaron Guiel hit a two-run homer. Elsewhere, Shintaro Yoshida hit a grand slam and a sacrifice fly in two bases-loaded situations, helping Orix win 9-0.

Meanwhile, the Chunichi Dragons walked away with a 2-0 victory over Yokohama. Also, Hiroshima knuckleballer Jared Fernandez was roughed up for three runs, including two home runs, in three innings as Seibu won 6-2 in a rain-shortened game.