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Tuesday, 3rd May 2011
In Sports, Japan Sports News,

Tohoku Golden Eagles win on home return

In their first home game since the March 11th earthquake, the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles delighted their fans this weekend (April 29th), with a gritty 3-1 victory over the Orix Buffaloes.

Right-handed pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was the standout performer for the home team, who told Japan Times he was "more hyped than ever".

"I was waiting for this day for a long time. I knew that this would be a special game and I prepared for it well. I am glad that we could get this victory for all our fans," he added.

A sell-out crowd watched Ryo Hijirisawa score the third run of the afternoon, as the home side opened up a 3-0 lead, which was later pegged back by visiting batter Mitsutaka Goto.

The Eagles' Kleenex Stadium was partially damaged in the 9.0-magnitude quake, delaying their home opener by more than one month while repair work was being done.

Written by Mark Smith