Baseball: Sasaki goes five sharp innings as Marines down Eagles

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Rookie Roki Sasaki retired the last 10 batters he faced over five scoreless innings for the Lotte Marines, who moved to within 2-1/2 games of the Pacific League lead with a 5-1 win over the third-place Rakuten Eagles on Saturday. Sasaki (2-2) took the mound at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi with a 2-0 lead. The hard-throwing right-hander pitched out of jams in each of the first two innings and left the mound, having struck out five while giving up three singles and walking two. A native of neighboring Iwate Prefecture, the 19-year-old Sasaki won for the first time since May 27. "I hadn't won for a...

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