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The Yakult Swallows had to wait at least another day to enjoy the pennant-clinching champagne shower as they lost to the Hanshin Tigers 2-1 on Tuesday at Koshien Stadium.

The Swallows, who need one more win to capture the Central League championship, return to Tokyo on Wednesday and play a two-game series in as many days against the Tigers at their home ground Jingu Stadium.

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