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Yomiuri Giants Clinch Central League

by on Oct.02, 2007 @ 10:11 am, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants clinched top honors in the Central League after they beat the Yakult Swallows in the bottom of the 9th when Takayuki Shimizu hit a high chopper back up the box with the bases loaded and 2 outs. Yakult Shortstop Shinya Miyamoto was able to get to the ball, but his throw to first was wide, allowing the gaming tying and game winning runs to score.

The last time the Giants won Central League was 5 years ago, which also happend to be Hideki Matsui's last season with the team. Tatsunori Hara was the manager then, but left after the following season because the team went 71-66-3 and finished tied for third with the Yakult Swallows.