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The Chunichi Dragons have their fair share of youth on the roster, but it was a group of veterans who helped them reach the Japan Series with a 4-3 win over the Yomiuri Giants in Game 4 of the Central League Climax Series on Saturday.

Starting pitcher Masahiro Yamamoto, in his 27th season, began the night with a bit of history, at age 45 becoming the oldest hurler to record a postseason appearance.

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