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It’s been 22 years since the Hiroshima Carp have played this deep into a season. A long enough period that most of the team is experiencing postseason baseball for the very first time.

While a new generation of red-helmeted stars has led the long-suffering franchise within a few wins of a long-awaited return to the Japan Series, they’ll have to find a way past the always-powerful defending champion Yomiuri Giants in order to complete the revival.

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