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HISTORICAL NO HITTER. Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto of the Orix Buffaloes throws the ball against the Lotte Marines in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on September 9, 2023. Yamamoto pitched the 100th no-hitter in Japanese big-league history. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, center, of the Orix Buffaloes celebrates with teammates after pitching a no-hitter against the Lotte Marines in Chiba, east of Tokyo, on September 9, 2023. (Kyodo News via AP)

From The Asian Reporter, V33, #10 (October 2, 2023), page 17.

Japanís Yamamoto throws second no-hitter ahead of possible move to MLB

TOKYO (AP) ó Japanese pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who could be moving to Major League Baseball next season, pitched the 100th no-hitter in Japanese big league history in September for the Orix Buffaloes against the Lotte Marines.

Yamamoto struck out eight, walked one, and hit one batter in the 4-0 victory. The 25-year-old right-hander improved his stats to 14-5 with a 1.26 Earned Run Average (ERA), 145 strikeouts, and 24 walks in 143 innings this season.

It was the second no-hitter for the two-time Pacific League MVP, who threw his first against the Seibu Lions on June 18 last year.

He was 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance at this yearís World Baseball Classic, striking out 12 and walking two in 7 1/3 innings.

Yamamoto does not have enough service time to be- come a free agent in Japan but he could be offered to MLB teams under the posting system agreed to by MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball.

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman watched from a front-row seat, among several executives watching Yamamoto.

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