Baseball: VerHagen pitches 1-hitter over 8 to lift Fighters past Eagles

Drew VerHagen threw a one-hitter over eight innings to earn his sixth win of the season as the Nippon Ham Fighters beat the Rakuten Eagles 2-1 in the Pacific League on Monday.The 29-year-old right-hander, in his first season in Nippon Professional Baseball after six seasons in the majors with the Detroit Tigers, struck out nine while issuing two walks in a 111-pitch effort at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi.”I was just trying to keep it simple, keep the same game plan as I keep every week, focus on things I can control and let (catcher Yushi) Shimizu work behind the plate,” VerHagen said. “He calle…

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