Baseball: Yamasaki shutout sends Giants skipper Hara out a winner


Iori Yamasaki gifted his outgoing manager one last win with a two-hit shutout as the Yomiuri Giants defeated the DeNA BayStars 1-0 Wednesday.

The win at Tokyo Dome, Hara’s 1,291st, the most of any manager in franchise history, consigned the playoff-bound BayStars to start their postseason on the road as the Central League’s third-place team.

Yamasaki (10-5) struck out six batters without issuing a walk, while the CL wins leader Katsuki Azuma (16-3) took the tough loss, allowing a run on eight hits in the complete-game defeat while also striking out six and walking none.

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