• Kyodo


A week after throwing Japan's first perfect game in 28 years, 20-year-old Roki Sasaki delivered an eight-perfect-inning encore Sunday for the Chiba Lotte Marines in a 1-0, 10-inning Pacific League loss to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

After 102 pitches at Chiba's Zozo Marine Stadium outside Tokyo, and striking out 14 of the 24 batters he faced and retired, Sasaki did not go out to the mound for another shot at history.

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