Japanese phenom Sasaki nearly throws 2nd straight perfecto

  • FILE - Chiba Lotte Marines Roki Sasaki pitches during a game against the Orix Buffaloes in Chiba, near Tokyo, Sunday, April 10, 2022. Japan's 20-year-old Sasaki almost did it again. A week after pitching a perfect game, the first in Japanese professional baseball in 28 years, Sasaki was perfect on Sunday, April 17, through eight innings before being pulled after throwing 102 pitches. (Kyodo News via AP, File)

TOKYO — Japan’s 20-year-old phenom Roki Sasaki almost did it again.