Yoshiyuki Kamei was added to the Yomiuri Giants’ roster on May 31 and he started his season with a bang. His first hit of the year came that night, and it was a tiebreaking home run in the 12th inning of a game in which the Kyojin had been held hitless for the first 10 frames. Yomiuri went on to win 1-0.

Kamei kept right on rolling from there and ended up winning the interleague MVP award despite only playing in 16 of Yomiuri’s 24 interleague games. The 31-year-old did hit .356 with three home runs and 10 RBIs, so he made his brief interleague star turn count for a lot.

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