Baseball: Giants' Sugano, Hawks' Yanagita each win 2nd MVP award

Major league aspirant Tomoyuki Sugano bagged his second Central League MVP Award on Thursday, while SoftBank Hawks superstar center fielder Yuki Yanagita won his second in the Pacific League. Japan’s Rookie of the Year Awards were also announced, with the CL honor going to Hiroshima Carp starting pitcher Masato Morishita and the PL award to flame-throwing Seibu Lions reliever Kaima Taira. Sugano, who is now free to negotiate with major league clubs until Jan. 7 after being posted by the Giants, led both of Japan’s leagues with 14 wins while losing just twice. His 1.97 ERA was third in the CL, …

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