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Yomiuri Giants reliever Tetsuya Yamaguchi, for some reason, thought he could get away with a first-pitch, 128-kph slider over the outside of the plate against Jonny Gomes.

A few seconds later, Gomes, the newest member of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, was jogging around the bases as the throng of Eagles fans in the left-field stands, where the three-run home run ball landed, were voicing their approval.

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