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Andruw Jones hits 25th HR in Japan

...Andruw Jones during the WBC...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
SAPPORO (Japan) - Andruw Jones belted his 25th homerun of the season on Sunday-evening to lead the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to a 15-1 win vs. Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

At the Sapporo Dome, Jones led off the fifth inning with a homerun that increased the lead of the Golden Eagles to 6-0. The team had rallied for five runs in the second inning.

Jones was 3-for-4 in the game and contributed with a single in the 5-run second and with a double in seventh inning, when five more runs were scored. Jones scored twice himself in the game and had four runs batted in.

It was the second time this season that Jones collected three basehits in one game, a so-called modasho.

This is the first season of Jones in Nippon Professional Baseball. Before going to Japan, the outfielder, but nowadays designated hitter, had played 17 seasons in the Major League. From 1996-2007, he played for the Atlanta Braves, followed by the Los Angeles Dodgers (2008), Texas Rangers (2009), Chicago White Sox (2010) and New York Yankees (2011-2012). In his Major League-career, Jones hit 434 homeruns in 2196 games.

In March of this year, Jones participated with the Dutch National Baseball Team in the World Baseball Classic, where it reached the semi-final.

(September 22)

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