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[9/22/2013] Yomiuri clinches first in CL with Hanshin loss; Rakuten secures a spot in playoffs

by on Sep.22, 2013 @ 7:24 pm, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants clinched first place in the Central League today after the Yakult Swallows held onto a 7-6 lead over the Hanshin Tigers.  They have won two pennants in a row and thirty-five since the start of the two-league format (forty-four including totals from the one-league format).

The Rakuten Eagles became the first team in the Pacific League secure a spot in the Climax Series and moved closer to winning their first pennant by pounding the Nippon Ham Fighters, 15-1.  Since the Chiba Lotte Marines also won today, they blanked Softbank 1-0, the Eagles' magic number dropped just one game to five.

Source: Daily Sports 9/22/2013, Daily Sports 9/22/2013