Baseball: Japan Olympians lead 1st-place Buffaloes past Hawks

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Two members of Japan’s Olympic team, pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and outfielder Masataka Yoshida, helped the Pacific League-leading Orix Buffaloes trounce the SoftBank Hawks 8-0 on Friday. Yamamoto (9-5) struck out six over seven innings while allowing one walk and six hits at Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome as Orix, which hasn’t won a pennant since 1996, snapped a three-game winless streak. Yamamoto’s nine wins marked a career-high and tied him for the league lead with rookie teammate Hiroya Miyagi. “I was forced to pitch with runners on base in almost every inning, so I’m happy I was able to protect ou…

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