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The Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles said Sunday manager Yasushi Tao will be handed his walking papers at the end of the season in his first year at the helm to take responsibility for the Pacific League club’s dismal performance.

Tao signed a three-year contract to take the helm of Rakuten, which was the first team to be created in about half a century in a restructuring of Japanese pro baseball last year.

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