Yanagita, Japan overpower MLB All-Stars – MLB.com

Yuki Yanagita was the MVP of the last Japan All-Star Series in 2014. With his play in the first two games against the MLB All-Stars, he’s making another bid for that honor.

Yanagita went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs to lead Samurai Japan to a convincing 12-6 win at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The 30-year-old designated hitter, who plays for the SoftBank Hawks, opened the scoring against the MLB All-Stars with a first-inning RBI single off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, most recently of the Mariners, who allowed five runs on six hits over three frames, and Japan never looked back to go up 2-0 in the six-game series.

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Yuki Yanagita was the MVP of the last Japan All-Star Series in 2014. With his play in the first two games against the MLB All-Stars, he’s making another bid for that honor.

Yanagita went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs to lead Samurai Japan to a convincing 12-6 win at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The 30-year-old designated hitter, who plays for the SoftBank Hawks, opened the scoring against the MLB All-Stars with a first-inning RBI single off right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, most recently of the Mariners, who allowed five runs on six hits over three frames, and Japan never looked back to go up 2-0 in the six-game series.

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Video: [email protected]: Akiyama plates Tanaka with triple in the 3rd

Samurai Japan took advantage of a few lapses in the field by the MLB All-Stars. During a four-run third, Mets shortstop Amed Rosario could not hold onto a perfect throw from J.T. Realmuto, who was attempting to nab outfielder Kazuki Tanaka stealing second. Shogo Akiyama tripled to plate Tanaka, and in the ensuing at-bat, Ramirez didn’t help his

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