Yuki Yanagita was the MVP of the last Japan All-Star Series in 2014. With his play in the first two games against the MLB All-Stars, he’s making a bid for another.

Yanagita went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs to lead Samurai Japan to a convincing 12-6 win at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The 30-year-old designated hitter who plays for the SoftBank Hawks opened the scoring against the MLB All-Stars with a first-inning RBI single off Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who allowed five runs on six hits over three frames, and Japan never looked back to go 2-0 in the six-game series.


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Yuki Yanagita was the MVP of the last Japan All-Star Series in 2014. With his play in the first two games against the MLB All-Stars, he’s making a bid for another.

Yanagita went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs to lead Samurai Japan to a convincing 12-6 win at the Tokyo Dome on Saturday. The 30-year-old designated hitter who plays for the SoftBank Hawks opened the scoring against the MLB All-Stars with a first-inning RBI single off Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, who allowed five runs on six hits over three frames, and Japan never looked back to go 2-0 in the six-game series.


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Video: JPN@MLB: Akiyama plates Tanaka with triple in the 3rd

Samurai Japan took advantage of a few lapses in the field by the MLB All-Stars. During a four-run third, Mets shortstop Amed Rosario could not hold onto a perfect throw from Realmuto, who was attempting to nab outfielder Kazuki Tanaka stealing second. Shogo Akiyama tripled to plate Tanaka, and in the ensuing at-bat, Ramirez didn’t help his cause by not covering first base, allowing another run to cross. Two batters later, Yanagita, who hit a walk-off homer in Friday’s dramatic victory, went deep for the second time in as many days. 

Video: JPN@MLB: Akiyama singles in 2 runs with bases loaded

Japan had another big inning in the fifth thanks to Dodgers third baseman Enrique Hernandez‘s throwing error to first. As part of his three-RBI, three-hit performance, Akiyama made the MLB stars pay with a two-run single to cap the four-run outburst.

Video: JPN@MLB: Soto hits solo home run down left-field line

Nationals outfielder and National League Rookie of the Year finalist Juan Soto got the MLB All-Stars on the board in the fifth, mashing a homer down the left-field line for the second straight game, and Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, who hit 21 homers during the regular season, added an opposite-field, three-run blast to right in the eighth to cap the scoring for the night.

Video: JPN@MLB: Realmuto crushes 3-run opposite-field homer

The MLB All-Stars will try to capture the Tokyo finale on Sunday at 7 p.m. local/5 a.m. ET on MLB Network before the series shifts to Hiroshima on Tuesday.

Japan All-Star Series schedule (watch games live on MLB Network, with replays at 8 p.m. ET)

• Thursday: MLB All-Stars 9, Yomiuri Giants 6
• Friday: Samurai Japan 7, MLB All-Stars 6
• Saturday: Samurai Japan 12, MLB All-Stars 6
• Sunday: 7 p.m. local/ 5 a.m. ET
• Tuesday: 6:30 p.m. local/4:30 a.m. ET
• Nov. 14: 7 p.m. local/5 a.m. ET
• Nov. 15: 6 p.m. local/4 a.m. ET



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