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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks slugger Alfredo Despaigne stole the spotlight from a duel of big-name pitchers on Monday, homering twice to lead the Pacific League-leading SoftBank Hawks to a 6-3 win over the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

Despaigne capped the Hawks’ three-run first inning with a two-run homer off lefty Mitsuo Yoshikawa at a sold-out Yafuoku Dome. The Cuban slugger mishit the ball and seemed as surprised as anyone when it landed just over the inner fence in right field.

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