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Luis Mendoza had a hard time against the Seibu Lions in 2014. In their first meeting this year, it was Mendoza, who got a helping hand from Sho Nakata and Kensuke Tanaka, and left standing as the king of the Tokyo Jungle.

Mendoza threw eight scoreless innings, Nakata and Tanaka connected on two-run homers, and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, the Pacific League’s hottest team, beat the Lions 4-0 on Tuesday night at Tokyo Dome.

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