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The Orix Buffaloes are in their first Pacific League pennant race in six seasons and thoroughly enjoying the experience.

After their entire weekend series against the last-place Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles was washed out, the Buffaloes entered Wednesday’s game against the Seibu Lions trailing the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks by 4½ games. Any thoughts that the Buffaloes might be tightening up under pressure are washed away by watching them warm up.

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