PLAYER SPOT­LIGHT

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - NL WEST -

Yoshi­hisa Hi­rano, Di­a­mond­backs

The new­comer from Ja­pan, a right-handed re­liever, has thrived on a pitch­ing staff that leads the league in ad­justed ERA. Hi­rano strung 222⁄3 score­less in­nings over 26 games from May 6 to July 3 be­fore Yairo Munoz of the St. Louis Car­di­nals home­red off him. Hit­ters strug­gle to tell Hi­rano’s fork­ball from a 92 mph fast­ball.

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