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BASEBALL | Marines’ Roki Sasaki Pulled After Eight Perfect Innings in Start After His Perfect Game

Manager Tadahito Iguchi decided to limit the young right-hander to eight innings, citing the desire to rest the 20-year-old’s arm.

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Chiba Lotte Marines starter Roki Sasaki pitches against the Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters at ZOZO Marine Stadium on April 17. (ⒸSANKEI)

One week after throwing the first perfect game in Nippon Professional Baseball in 28 years, Roki Sasaki almost did it again.

The hard-throwing Chiba Lotte Marines right-hander struck out 14 batters over eight perfect innings at ZOZO Marine Stadium on Sunday, April 17 before leaving the game at 102 pitches with the score tied 0-0 against the Hokkaido Nipponham Fighters.

Read the full story here, on JAPAN Forward’s dedicated sports website SportsLook.

Author: Jim Armstrong

The author is a longtime journalist who has covered sports in Japan for more than 25 years. You can find his articles here.