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Forty-nine-year-old Masahiro Yamamoto became Japanese baseball’s oldest winning pitcher with five scoreless innings in the Chunichi Dragons’ 6-0 victory over the Hanshin Tigers on Friday.

At 49 years, 25 days, Yamamoto (1-0) won his first and only start of the season at Nagoya Dome, surpassing the old mark of 48 years, 4 months set by the Hankyu Braves’ Shinji Hamazaki in 1950.

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