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Shirai says Ochiai to return

Kyodo

Chunichi Dragons owner Bungo Shirai said Friday he intends to ask manager Hiromitsu Ochiai to remain at the helm of the Central League club next season. Ochiai guided the Dragons to their second league title in three years this term but hopes of a first championship in 52 years ended after a 4-1 defeat to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Japan Series in Sapporo on Thursday night.