Baseball: Fujinami bats, pitches Tigers to 6th straight win

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Shintaro Fujinami pitched into the sixth inning and belted a two-run home run to lift the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers to a 2-0 win over the Yakult Swallows on Thursday. Fujinami (2-0) allowed three hits, three walks and two hit batters while striking out six. The hard-throwing 1.97-meter right-hander left the mound after hitting his second batter, putting two on with two outs. Reliever Keisuke Kobayashi, however, struck out two-time batting champion Seiichi Uchikawa to escape the jam. "My pitching wasn't all that good, but I was able to get big outs, and the bullpen picked up the sla...

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