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Friday, November 02, 2007

Chunichi Dragons win Japan Series


Nagoya's Chunichi Dragons won the Japan Series yesterday ending a 53-year wait to win Japanese baseball's ultimate prize.

Dragons' manager Hiromitsu Ochiai is given the traditional toss.

Chunichi beat Nippon Ham Fighters 1-0 in a pitching duel at Nagoya Dome to win the series 4-1. The series was a rematch of last year's title showdown, which Chunichi lost to the same opponents.

The win sparked wild scenes around the city as supporters gathered in bars and outside outdoor video screens to watch the tense finish.

The win is expected to boost the local economy as many of Nagoya's major department put on "Victory Sales" to cash in on the feel-good factor.

Nippon Ham Fighters' American manager Trey Hillman will leave the Hokkaido-based team to become the new manager of MLB club Kansas City Royals.

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