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Pedro Valdes went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka Daiei Hawks overpowered the last place Orix BlueWave 9-4 on Monday, reducing their “magic number” for clinching the pennant to 29.

Valdes connected on Hidetaka Kawagoe’s first pitch into the right-field stands in the fifth inning, his first homer in 15 games.

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