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The Orix BlueWave and Kintetsu Buffaloes signed a basic agreement on their merger Tuesday amid fierce opposition from players and fans.

BlueWave President Takashi Koizumi and Buffaloes President Tetsuya Kobayashi announced the signing, which took place a month after the Pacific League ballclubs received the green light to the merger plan from the owners of the 12 professional baseball clubs.

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