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The Chiba Lotte Marines have done just fine without a real power hitter in their lineup for most of the season.

With slugger Josh Whitesell limited to just 24 games, manager Tsutomu Ito’s squad has come up with clutch hits, scraped together just enough runs at opportune times, and bought into ‘Itonomics’ in order to small-ball their way to the top of the Pacific League standings.

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