The Chiba Lotte Marines failed to clinch second today after they dropped their game to the Orix Buffaloes 3-1 and the Seibu Lions won their game against the Nippon Ham Fighters, 4-3.
The team that wins on Tuesday at Seibu Dome will finish in second place this season.
Advance scouts Masao Morinaka and Atsushi Nakazato have been assigned to evaluate Pacific League teams by looking through footage from September and October.
Source: Sanspo 10/5/2013
The rotation for the First Stage of the Climax Series will likely be Kenta Maeda, Bryan Bullington, and Kan Otake (if needed). If the Carp sweep the series, Otake will most likely start Game 1 of the Final Stage of the Climax Series.
Source: Sports Hochi 10/5/2013