• Kyodo


Former Cleveland Indian Toru Murata pitched eight innings Thursday afternoon as the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters topped the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 3-1 and swept their three-game series.

The 32-year-old right-hander, a former No. 1 draft pick of the Yomiuri Giants, won his season debut after giving up one run on four hits, while striking out three.

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