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Tasuku Hashimoto hit a grand slam and Yuta Omine pitched six strong innings as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat Yu Darvish and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 5-2 on Thursday.

The Marines opened the scoring in the fourth inning when Hashimoto drove a low inside fastball from Darvish (11-4) over the right-field wall with two outs and the bases loaded at Sapporo Dome.

Daisuke Hayakawa lofted a sacrifice fly in the eighth to give the Marines a three-run cushion.

The Fighters pulled within 4-2 in the sixth on RBI hits from Hichori Morimoto and Atsunori Inaba.

Darvish (11-4) yielded five runs on 11 hits, struck out eight and walked five over eight innings in a 165-pitch outing in his final start before the All-Star break.

Omine (1-2) got his first career win, limiting Nippon Ham to two runs and four hits while striking out six and waling two.

M’s eye Igawa: report

SEATTLE (Kyodo) The New York Yankees and the Seattle Mariners are in negotiations that could see the Yankees trade failed left-hander Kei Igawa to the Mariners, according to a report in Wednesday’s online edition of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The Yankees want to ship Igawa to Seattle to offset a possible deal for left-handed starter Jarrod Washburn, but the Mariners are apparently insisting that the Yankees also take veteran Jose Vidro if Igawa is part of the deal, according to the report.

However, Igawa said, “I haven’t heard anything about that. Even when I spoke directly with (Yankees general manager) Brian Cashman the other day, there was no talk of a trade.”

Igawa is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA in two games this season.

Igawa was rocked for six runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings in his first start of the season against the Detroit Tigers on May 9.

After being recalled to the big leagues for a second time, he threw a scoreless inning in relief in a 9-0 loss to the New York Mets on June 27, but was optioned the next day Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.


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