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Yuki Yanagita hit a tie-breaking home run in his hometown as the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks won a battle of league leaders, beating the Hiroshima Carp 6-1 in interleague action on Friday.

The Hiroshima native, who has returned to MVP form after a slow start this season, had three hits at Mazda Stadium, including a one-out solo homer in the third inning off former big leaguer Hiroki Kuroda (4-3). Yanagita also homered off Kuroda in the preseason and said he didn’t expect to repeat that performance.

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