Baseball: Nakamura gets 1,000th hit as Hawks outlast Fighters

A ninth-inning RBI from Yurisbel Gracial got the Pacific League-leading SoftBank Hawks across the line Thursday in a 2-1 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters that featured outfielder Akira Nakamura’s 1,000th career hit.The clash at Sapporo Dome had remained scoreless through eight innings in a pitching duel between Hawks starter Nao Higashihama and Fighters counterpart Kenta Uehara.But the contest began to tilt in the visiting team’s favor in the top of the ninth when Keizo Kawashima drew a walk from Uehara to lead off the inning.Next man up Nakamura notched his career milestone with a single that…

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