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The first enforcement of Nippon Professional Baseball’s “new” collision rule gave the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters the lead en route to an 8-4 victory over the Seibu Lions in the Pacific League on Friday.

Trailing 3-2 in the sixth inning, the Fighters scored two runners on a wild pitch to take the lead after the trailing runner was originally ruled out on a fairly innocuous tag at the plate by Lions starter Kona Takahashi. Instead, the ruling was overturned when umpires determined Takahashi had obstructed the plate without the ball.

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