TOKYO (AP) _ Masaki Saito of the Yomiuri Giants hurled a three-hitter Saturday against the Yakult Swallows to set a Japanese professional baseball record of 11 straight complete game victories in as many starts.
His feat came in the front-running Giants’ 6-0 Central League victory over the Swallows at the Tokyo Dome.
The previous record of 10 consecutive wins was set by former ace pitcher Keishi Suzuki of the Kintetsu Buffaloes in 1978.
It also was Saito’s fifth shutout victory this season. The 24-year-old right-hander has won 13 games against one loss, the best won-lost record in Japanese baseball.
The Hiroshima Toyo Carp edged the Hanshin Tigers 8-7. Cecil Fielder, formerly of the Toronto Blue Jays, hit his 24th home run, a solo shot, for the Tigers.
Jim Paciorek, formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers, hit a three-run homer, his seventh of the season, to lead the Yokohama Taiyo Whales to a 6-5 victory over the Chunichi Dragons.
LAKE ORION, Mich. (AP) - Eric Meeks, the current U.S. Amateur champion, and Jay Sigel, a two-time U.S. Amateur winner, head the 10-man U.S. Walker Cup team.
The team, announced Saturday by C. Grant Spaeth, chairman of the U.S. Golf Association’s International Team Selection Committee, will face a team from Great Britain and Ireland Aug. 16-17 at Peachtree Golf Club in Atlanta. The two-day competition consists of four foursomes matches - two players on each side playing alternate shots - and eight singles matches daily.
Of the 10 players selected, only Sigel, 45, of Berwyn, Pa., has previous Walker Cup experience. Sigel will be competing in his seventh Walker Cup.
Besides Sigel and Meeks, 24, of Walnut, Calif., others named to the squad are Allen Doyle, 40, LaGrange, Ga.; David Eger, 37, Ponte Vedra, Fla.; Rokbert Gamez, 21, Las Vegas; Ralph Howe III, 24, West Sayville, N.Y.; Kevin Johnson, 22, Pembroke, Mass.; Doug Martin, 22, Van Buren, Ohio; Phil Mickelson, 19, San Diego; and Danny Yates, 39, Atlanta.
The alternates are Greg Lesher of Lebanon, Pa.; Jason Widener, Greensboro, N.C.; and Lee Porter, also of Greensboro.