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Yoshinobu Takahashi and Roberto Petagine returned to the Yomiuri Giants’ lineup but the defending Japan Series champion fell to the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes 4-3 in a preseason game on Saturday.

Kintetsu starter Jeremy Powell pitched five scoreless innings without issuing a walk at Osaka Dome while Yomiuri starter Koji Uehara gave up four runs on six hits in the fourth inning alone to waste Takahashi’s 3-for-4 effort.

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