Hotaka Yamakawa is the hottest hitter in Japan, and his torrid run at the plate during the Golden Week holiday period could signal a return to glory for the former home run king.

Yamakawa sent five balls over the fences during a six-game homestand at Belluna Dome last week, nearly matching the eight homers he hit in 54 games at the Seibu Lions’ home park last season.

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