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The Hanshin Tigers spoiled Masahiro Tanaka’s return to iconic Koshien Stadium outside Osaka on Tuesday as the Central League’s bottom club beat the Pacific League-leading Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 1-0 in the interleague action opener.

Former New York Yankee Tanaka (4-3) became a household name in 2006 when he guided Komazawa University Tomakomai High School to a runner-up finish at the national championship at the ballpark. He last pitched at Koshien in 2013 before his move to the majors.

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