Baseball: Aoyagi and Yuasa launch Tigers to victory in playoff opener


Koyo Aoyagi pitched six scoreless innings and reliever Atsuki Yuasa saved the day as the Hanshin Tigers won Game 1 of the Central League Climax Series Stage One on Saturday, 2-0 over the DeNA BayStars. The win at Yokohama Stadium moved the Tigers within a win of a finals date with defending league champions Yakult Swallows in the CL finals, starting Wednesday. The Tigers finished third in the league behind the BayStars, who can still advance to the finals with a win and a tie as the top-seeded team. Aoyagi scattered four singles and a walk, allowing no runners…

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