SENDAI (Kyodo) Highly touted rookie Masahiro Tanaka pitched two-run ball over the distance with 13 strikeouts, powering the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 6-2 victory over the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the Pacific League on Wednesday.

Tanaka (1-0) finally got in the winner’s circle after three no-decisions, scattering nine hits and one walk at Fullcast Stadium.

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