Baseball: Watanabe helps Swallows knock off CL-leading Tigers

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Substitute outfielder Daiki Watanabe delivered a tie-breaking eighth-inning RBI double and made a clutch defensive play in the ninth to help the Yakult Swallows to a 6-4 win over the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers on Wednesday. Watanabe, a seldom-used reserve, entered in the eighth inning as defensive replacement in right field with the game tied 4-4 at Tokyo’s Jingu Stadium. He doubled with one out and one on in the bottom of the inning to put Yakult in front. Japan Olympic team member Tetsuto Yamada, who hit a three-run first-inning homer, his 23rd, made it 6-4 by scoring Watanabe wit…

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