Baseball: Nishiguchi rescues Eagles in win over Hawks

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Rookie right-hander Naoto Nishiguchi pitched 4-1/3 innings in emergency relief to earn his first pro win as the Rakuten Eagles beat the SoftBank Hawks 3-2 in the Pacific League on Saturday. The win at Sendai's Rakuten Seimei Park pulled the Eagles into a tie for first place with a 35-29 record, the same as the Orix Buffaloes, who tied 3-3 with the Seibu Lions in Osaka. Nishiguchi (1-0) took over with two outs in the first inning, when starting pitcher Koichi Takada received an automatic ejection for hitting a batter in the head. Nishiguchi inherited two runners but ended the inning by retiring...

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