TOKYO -- Former New York Mets Benny Agbayani and Matt Franco
combined for five RBI on Saturday, helping manager Bobby Valentine
and the Lotte Marines down the defending Japan Series champion
Daiei Hawks 5-2.
Valentine's team improved to 5-2 and moved into sole possession
of first place in the Pacific League.
"This is a new year and a new team," said Valentine, who served as an ESPN analyst last season. "We're
playing well and I don't think we'll have to wait long for our next
Agbayani's bases-loaded double in the fifth inning scored three
runs to put Marines ahead 4-0. Franco had a sacrifice fly in the
third and a solo homer in the seventh.
Valentine guided Lotte to second place in 1995 -- the team's best
finish in 19 years -- and is back for a second stint with the
Marines. He managed the Mets from 1996-02, leading them to the 2000
World Series. He managed the Texas Rangers from 1985-92.