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Another one in the bag ( Tiger Tails ) Tigers won the second game of the series on the back of a fine performance by Iwata. For six innings Giants could get nowhere and by the time they got to Iwata they were too late. Tigers had built up a five run lead. Murton and Toritani both produced a brace and Uemoto added another one. Sawamura or Mr smug was anything but and was ejected in the fifth for throwing a dangerous pitch at Uemoto. It was a bad night for the Giants. Tigers won the game 5-2 and now lead the series 2-1 with two more victories needed for advancement. However, the Giants have come back from 3-0 down so Tigers need to continue to play at the current level and Giants need to continue to flounder.

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On the cusp ( Tiger Tails ) Tigers came from behind here as Wada stupidly went with the Messenger/Fujii pairing. He should have started Umeno but he redeemed himself by replacing Fujii with Tsuruoka for the final three innings. Tsuruoka has been a revelation in the Climax Series showing a talent and ability behind the plate I hadn't thought he possessed. He has handled the relief with considerable aplomb and has been a major factor in the Tigers ability to hold their leads. Sugiuchi for the Giants couldn't hold the two run lead his side had gifted him and gave up two runs to Gomez to tie the score. Further runs followed in the seventh with Fukudome and Gomez sharing the honours. With a 4-2 lead Tigers relief held the game. The series now stands at 3-1 to the Tigers but we have to be a little cautious. Giants are in a backs to the wall situation and at home will play harder. They have previously gone three games down but come back to win the next three and take the series. Tigers though should win - they are showing more determination and application than before and should be able to leverage this for one more victory.

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Giants blown away ( Tiger Tails ) The backs to the wall recovery didn't happen. Giants didn't recover and were crushed by Tigers. In an efficient and ruthless performance Tigers amassed the runs and then held onto the lead. Even two solo home runs off Oh in the bottom of the ninth couldn't help their recovery. Tigers had scored too many runs - braces to Nishioka and Gomez. Murton picked up three RBIs and Fukudome showing he has the big game temperament hit a solo home run. Tigers if they play like this have the ability to roll over either of their inferior Pacific League opponents and take the Japan Series. Of course reality is somewhat different to theoretical advantages. But Tigers are through to their first Japan series since 2005. One has to say well played.

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Rumors: Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi), Motohiro Shima (Rakuten), Yoshihisa Naruse (Lotte) ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-10-16 Gen wrote:
The Buffaloes are not planning to post Yoshio Itoi. "I have not heard anything about it from him and my assistant Shosaku Yokota has said nothing about it either. I know it's something he wants to do. I hear he is also studying English. But ..."


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Monkeys win Game 2 of Taiwan Series ( CPBL News ) On 2014-10-20 Paul Huang wrote:
SHARP DEFENSE:An alert Monkeys defense capitalized on a running error, catching the Brothers' Chang Chih-hao between first and second base after he overran first.


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Hawks beat Fighters to book spot in Japan Series ( Pro Yakyu News ) On 2014-10-20 Dave Hueston (Kyodo) wrote:
Kenji Otonari threw seven scoreless innings and Toru Hosokawa homered as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-1 in Game 6 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage on Monday night to book a spot in the Japan Series.


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Nexen's Seo Geon-chang becomes first S. Korean player to get 200 hits in one season ( KBO News ) On 2014-10-17 Yonhap News (jeeho) wrote:
Seo Geon-chang of the Nexen Heroes became the first player in South Korean pro baseball history to record 200 hits in a single season on Friday.


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Cream of the crop ( KBO News ) On 2014-10-19 Yonhap News wrote:
Four teammates of the Nexen Heroes, plus a pitcher from the Samsung Lions, will vie for the top individual award in South Korean pro baseball this season.


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Brothers aim to deny Lamigo repeat crown ( CPBL News ) On 2014-10-18 Paul Huang wrote:
With an expected sellout crowd looking to cheer on the home team, the Lamigo Monkeys are to host the Chinatrust Brothers in Game 1 of this year's Taiwan Series at the Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium this afternoon.


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H.S. body mulls tiebreakers ( High School ) On 2014-10-21 The Yomiuri Shimbun wrote:
The governing body for high school baseball is considering the adoption of an extra-inning tiebreak system for regional tournaments to prevent player injuries, although the major national tournaments at Koshien and their qualifiers will be exempt.


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