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Former Blue Jay pitcher Nakamura sets save record in Japan

Former Blue Jay pitcher Nakamura sets save record in Japan

Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Michael Nakamura recorded his 39th save Wednesday to set a new single-season record in Japan's Pacific League.
Nakamura, who played for the Blue Jays in 2004 after a season with the Minnesota Twins, retired the Softbank Hawks in the ninth inning at Sapporo Dome as the Nippon Ham Fighters claimed a 4-1 win to secure first place in the Pacific League standings.
The previous single-season mark of 38 was set in 2002 by former Seibu Lions closer Kiyoshi Toyoda, who now plays for the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League.
Nakamura was born in Japan and attended the University of South Alabama.