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Dye's two-run homer lifts MLB All-Stars over Japan

Updated: November 3, 2006, 12:38 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer and John Lackey pitched five strong innings Friday as the MLB All-Stars defeated the stars of Japan 3-2 in the opener of the five-game tour.

Dye, who hit 44 homers for the Chicago White Sox this season, connected off Japanese starter Tetsuya Utsumi in the bottom of the third inning at Tokyo Dome after Rafael Furcal singled.

"I got a hold of that one," Dye said. "Their pitcher left a slider up in the strike zone and I got the bat on ...

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