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Japanese Ace Now A Starter For Dodgers

By Associated Press

National League

Japanese pitching star Hideo Nomo will make his major-league debut Tuesday night for the Los Angeles Dodgers when he faces the San Francisco Giants.

Nomo will become the first Japanese player in the big leagues since Masanori Murakami played for San Francisco in 1964-65.

The Dodgers added Nomo to their roster Sunday.

Nomo pitched the last five seasons for the Kintetsu Buffaloes in Japan’s Pacific League and had a 78-46 record with a 3.15 ERA and 1,204 strikeouts in 1,051 1/3 innings.

In 1990, Nomo won Japan’s Rookie of the Year Award and the Sawarmura Award, the equivalent of the Cy Young Award. He was also a member of Japan’s 1988 Olympic team in Seoul, South Korea, which won the silver medal.

The Dodgers optioned Noe Munoz to Triple-A Albuquerque to make way for Nomo.

Cardinals 3, Mets 0

New York

In a game St. Louis played under protest after manager Joe Torre was ejected for arguing a controversial call, the Cardinals beat New York Sunday on a three-run homer by Danny Sheaffer.

Torre was tossed in the second inning after Jose Oquendo was called out for interference following a bunt with two runners on base.

Plate umpire Frank Ballina, who formerly worked Triple-A games, said Oquendo ran inside the first-base line. The ruling negated a wild throw by catcher Kelly Stinnett that resulted in a run.

Torre ran out of the dugout to protest and argued vehemently before walking away. While doing so, Ballina ejected him.

Torre, caught by surprise, returned to argue and then protested the game, but Ballina told the manager he couldn’t protest because the ruling was a judgment call.

Marlins 10, Giants 3

San Francisco

Jeff Conine homered twice and Florida broke out of a hitting slump with a club-record four home runs in a win over San Francisco.

Gary Sheffield and Mario Diaz also homered for the Marlins, who began the game winless in four games this season and with a 23-inning scoreless streak. Diaz added an RBI double and an RBI single.

Braves 6, Dodgers 3

Los Angeles

John Smoltz, coming back from off-season elbow surgery, pitched five strong innings in his season debut and Atlanta beat Los Angeles, which lost manager Tom Lasorda, who was ejected in the seventh inning by replacement umpire Wade Ford.

Padres 7, Reds 6

San Diego

Steve Finley hit a basesloaded sacrifice fly with one out in the bottom of the ninth and San Diego swept winless Cincinnati, which is off to its worst start in 40 years.

Astros 3, Rockies 1

Houston

Pinch-hitter Luis Gonzalez singled in the go-ahead run in a threerun seventh inning that rallied Houston to a victory over Colorado, handing the Rockies their first loss in five games.

Expos 4, Cubs 2

Chicago

Montreal denied the Cubs their best start in more than 60 years, sending Chicago to its first loss of the season behind Wil Cordero’s two-run homer.

Pirates-Phillies, ppd.

Philadelphia

The game between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia was postponed by rain after a 1-hour, 43-minute delay with the score tied at 1 after 4 innings. It will be made up July 26 as part of a twi-night doubleheader.

Wordcount: 539
Tags: baseball

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