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Tokyo Yakult Swallows starter Yasuhiro “Ryan” Ogawa and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles reliever Yuki Matsui were named August pitchers of the month in the Central and Pacific Leagues, respectively, on Thursday.

The two league’s awards for hitters both went to second basemen, with the Hiroshima Carp’s Ryosuke Kikuchi winning his second CL honor, while the Seibu Lions’ Hideto Asamura was recognized for the third time by the PL.

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