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Rhodes, 40, belts 450th HR in Japan

KOBE, Japan -- American Tuffy Rhodes has become the 12th player in Japanese professional baseball to hit 450 home runs.

Rhodes hit a solo homer in the fourth inning Sunday for his 450th, then added a three-run shot in the fifth and a two-run homer in the eighth to lead the Orix Buffaloes to an 11-3 win over the Nippon Ham Fighters.

"When I first came to Japan, I never thought I would hit this many homers," Rhodes says.

The 40-year-old leads all active players in Japanese baseball with 452 home runs. Tomoaki Kanemoto of the Hanshin Tigers is next with 429.

Sadaharu Oh holds the record for most home runs in Japan with 868.

Rhodes, who played with the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, is in his 13th season in Japan.