Baseball: Rookie Yamashita, new import Gonzalez lead Orix over Seibu


Highly touted rookie Shumpeita Yamashita threw seven shutout innings and Marwin Gonzalez backed him with a two-run home run as the Orix Buffaloes beat the Seibu Lions 4-1 Sunday in the Pacific League.

Yamashita (2-0), Orix’s first-round pick in the 2020 draft who made his top-team debut this year on Opening Day, struck out eight and allowed just three hits and three walks at Kyocera Dome Osaka.

The 20-year-old right-hander worked out of two-on jams in the second and fourth innings.

“I’m glad I managed to escape jams and hold them scoreless,” Yamashita said. “I’m receiving run support. Things h...

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