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Tetsuto Yamada hit a pair of RBI doubles and right-hander Yasuhiro Ogawa threw seven innings as the Tokyo Yakult Swallows beat the Hanshin Tigers 3-0 to retain their hold on first place in the Central League on Thursday.

The win preserved the Swallows’ slim lead over the Yomiuri Giants, who edged the Hiroshima Carp 2-1.

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