• Kyodo


The Lotte Marines’ 20-year-old pitcher Roki Sasaki said he enjoyed basking in the afterglow of his perfect game — Nippon Professional Baseball’s first in 28 years — but woke up ready for a fresh start on Monday.

“The reality is slowly starting to sink in. I spent last night immersing myself in the experience,” Sasaki said of his heroics on Sunday.

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