LEAD: Baseball: Omura leads Softbank offense, Hiroshima rookie shines.
(EDS: ADDING 2 GAMES)
Naoyuki Omura went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer as the Softbank Hawks trounced the Yokohama BayStars 7-1 in a preseason game Thursday.
Hidenori Tanoue, who aims to become Softbank's regular catcher, had a pinch-hit three-run homer at Yokohama Stadium.
Scott Chiasson, a candidate for Yokohama's starting rotation, gave up four runs in four innings.
Carp 10, Dragons 3
Rookie utility player Naoki Nakahigashi, appearing in the Hiroshima lineup as a catcher, hit a solo home run and two singles.
Shigenobu Shima also went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBIs for Hiroshima. Chunichi right-hander Masafumi Hirai gave up seven runs in four innings at Toyota stadium in Aichi Prefecture.
Marines 8, Fighters 3
Lotte right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe held Nippon Ham to one run and four hits in five innings, effectively changing the speed of his pitches.
Nippon Ham right-hander Brian Sweeney, a former San Diego Padre, surrendered eight runs and 13 hits in 4-1/3 innings at Chiba Marine Stadium.
Lions 4, Buffaloes 3
Seibu outfielder Takahiko G.G. Sato hit his fifth home run of the spring with a three-run shot to right-center.
Orix left-hander Dan Serafini allowed one run and eight hits over six innings at Goodwill Dome in Tokorozawa.
Tigers 3, Eagles 2
Shuta Tanaka drove in two runs with a single and a homer for Hanshin.
Hanshin right-hander Ryan Vogelsong allowed one run and three hits in four innings at Kusanagi stadium in Shizuoka.
Rakuten lefty Kanehisa Arime took a step toward joining the starting rotation as he held Hanshin to one run and two hits in five innings.
Swallows 6, Giants 6, tie in 9 innings
Yomiuri infielder Luis Gonzalez had two RBI singles, while Yakult outfielder Norichika Aoki had three doubles.
Yomiuri right-hander Ken Kadokura gave up five runs and 10 hits in four innings at Jingu Stadium.
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|Publication:||Japan Transportation Scan|
|Date:||Mar 19, 2007|
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