Marines star Roki Sasaki loses in return to mound

Roki Sasaki returned to league action for the first time in over a month, but was knocked out in the sixth inning and took the loss as the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles beat the Chiba Lotte Marines 5-4 in the Pacific League on Wednesday.

The 20-year-old Sasaki (6-2), who in April became Japan’s youngest pitcher to throw a perfect game, allowed five runs over 5⅓ innings.

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