Baseball: Fujinami impressive in Tigers win

Mercurial Hanshin Tigers right-hander Shintaro Fujinami struck out nine batters over five innings but did not figure in the Central League club’s 1-0 win over the DeNA BayStars on Wednesday.The 26-year-old, once Japan’s top amateur pitching prospect in a draft that included Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani, continued to rebuild a career that has been on the rocks since 2017.Fujinami, who was kicked off the first team in the spring for repeatedly being late for practice and who also contracted the novel coronavirus in March, allowed four hits while walking two.The Tigers broke up t…

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