Baseball: Rookie Ito outpitches ace Sugano as Fighters down Giants

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Rookie Hiromi Ito worked seven innings to outpitch returning Giants ace Tomoyuki Sugano and earn the victory as the Pacific League's Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Central League's Yomiuri Giants 4-2 in Sunday's interleague action. Ito (3-4), the Fighters' top signing from last year's draft, allowed a run over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked four while allowing two hits. "My opponent today was Sugano, and even though he's such a great pitcher, my focus was on staying in the game as long as he did," Ito said. "I think I still have a lot of issues to work on, but I did OK with what I...

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