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Japanese baseball’s interleague interlude gave Central League pitchers a brief respite from having their ERAs ruined by Tetsuto Yamada. But on a somewhat wet Friday night at Jingu Stadium, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows star declared school was back in session.

Yamada drove in two runs with a homer in his first at-bat and two more with a double his next time up to help starter Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa end a long winless streak in the Swallows’ 5-1 victory over the Chunichi Dragons.

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