• Kyodo


Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks center fielder Yuki Yanagita, out for six weeks with a fractured finger, was deactivated by the Pacific League club on Friday. Interleague-series MVP Ryuma Kidokoro replaced him on the active roster.

On Thursday, Yanagita broke the fourth finger on his right hand when the ball struck him as he slid in to catch a blooper in the third inning of the Hawks’ 9-2 win over the Seibu Lions.

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