Baseball: Sasaki takes loss in return to duty

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Kyodo News

Roki Sasaki returned to league action for the first time in over a month, but was knocked out in the sixth inning and took the loss as the Rakuten Eagles beat the Lotte Marines 5-4 in the Pacific League on Wednesday. The 20-year-old Sasaki, who in April became Japan’s youngest perfect-game pitcher, allowed five runs over 5-1/3 innings as his record fell to 6-2. A month after leaving his July 1 start when he broke a blister on his right middle finger, Sasaki was unable to locate either his forkball or the slider. He surrendered eight hits, all singles, while striking out five and walking none. …

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