Baseball: Nakamura, Murakami demolish Giants as Swallows stretch lead

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Yuhei Nakamura and Munetaka Murakami each homered twice and drove in five runs as the Yakult Swallows stretched their Central League lead to 11 games with a 16-6 whipping of the second-place Yomiuri Giants on Friday. With the Swallows leading 1-0 in the bottom of the first at Jingu Stadium, the veteran Swallows catcher hit his first home run of the year with two on off Tomoyuki Sugano (6-5). Swallows lefty Keiji Takahashi (6-1) allowed a run in the top of the third on a sac fly by Giants cleanup hitter Kazuma Okamoto, only for the Swallows to widen their lead in the home half. Tetsuto Yamada s...

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