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Toyota defends baseball title

OSAKA (Kyodo) Yukinaga Tanaka hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning as Toyota Motor took its second consecutive national corporate baseball title with a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over Central Japan Railway on Sunday.

Tanaka’s shot to left turned a two-run deficit into a 3-2 lead and Toyota added a run in the ninth at Kyocera Dome en route to becoming only the second team to win back-to-back national titles and the first since Sumitomo Metal Industries achieved the feat by winning in 1983 and 1984.

Toyota right-hander Tomohisa Otani was named the MVP of the tournament after throwing three complete games, including the final.