[6/17/2018] Yakult Swallows clinch first in Inter-league standings

The Yakult Swallows cliched first place in the Inter-league standings with a 5-1 victory over the Nippon Ham Fighters on June 17. The Swallows are the first Central League team to take first place since the Yomiuri Giants in 2012 and 2014.

The Pacific League improved to 55-47 (with six games remaining) during Inter-league play this year and will finish with more wins than the Central League for the ninth straight season. By recording more wins, the second round of the draft will begin with a Pacific League team.

Source: Daily Sports 6/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/17/2018, Sponichi 6/17/2018

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NPB Standings [Full]
G W L T
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
G W L T
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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