TOKYO (AP) _ Tom O’Malley hit a three-run homer to help the Yakult Swallows to a 13-4 victory over the Yokohoma Baystars on Friday.
O’Malley leads the Central League with 19 home runs.
Kevin Reimer, another former major leaguer, singled home a run as the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks beat the Kintetsu Buffaloes 4-2.
NISHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) _ Mitsutaka Kusakabe shot Friday’s best score, a 5-under-par 66, to tie Ryoken Kawagishi for the second-round lead in the Pocari Sweat Yomiuri Open at 133. Kawagishi shot a 70 in the second round.
American Todd Hamilton shot a 70 and was tied at 134 with Nobuto Sato, who had a 67.
Americans Bob Mattiace and Craig McClellan were among those who failed to make the cut.
FUJIOKA, Japan (AP) _ Mayumi Hirase and Junko Yasui shot identical 72-69 scores on the first two rounds, both played Friday, and shared a two-stroke lead in the Dunlop Twin Lakes women’s tournament.
Thunderstorms on Thursday caused the double round at the 6,256-yard, par-72 Twin Lakes Country Club course.
South Korea’s Lee Young-me and Taiwan’s Tu Ai-yu were tied at 143. Lee carded a 72-71 and Tu a 68-75.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) _ U.S. Skiing, in a move to cut its costs by hundreds of thousands of dollars, eliminated 10 of it 75 positions.
The changes include eliminating program directors for each discipline. Head coaches will manage the programs under the athletic division headed by Paul Major.
A head freestyle coach will be appointed to replace program director Jeff Chumas.
Other coaches will be Tomas Karlsson, men’s Alpine; Herwig Demschar, women’s Alpine; Gordon Lange, cross country; Alan Johnson, jumping; Tom Steitz, and Nordic combined.
DALLAS (AP) _ The father of a high school baseball player was fined $650 after jurors found that a backyard batting cage he built violates several building and zoning ordinances.
But, the penalties imposed Thursday won’t prevent Chase Russell, an infielder at St. Mark’s of Texas High School in North Dallas, from using the cage pending the outcome of a lawsuit.
Tom Pappas, an attorney for the family, said the Russells previously agreed to use the facility only during daylight and for no more than two hours.
Chase Russell, seeking a college baseball scholarship, used $5,400 of his savings to build the cage. But the noise and lighting annoyed some neighbors.
LENZBURG, Switzerland (AP) _ German cyclist Erik Zabel picked up his second victory in as many days in the Tour of Switzerland on Friday, edging Giovanni Fidanza of Italy.
Alex Zulle of Switzerland had the same time as the winner and he retained the overall lead.
Friday’s stage, the third of the race, covered 164 miles from Geneva to Lenzburg.
Swiss cyclist Mauro Gianetti, who was badly injured in a fall Thursday, was expected to remained hospitalized for several more days with injuries to his neck, arm and leg.