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Shota Takeda won a scintillating pitcher’s duel on Sunday to help the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks beat the Orix Buffaloes 1-0 and avoid a three-game sweep at the hands of their nearest rivals for the Pacific League pennant.

The 21-year-old Takeda (2-0) allowed five hits, three walks and hit a batter in seven scoreless innings. He struck out seven and won a well-pitched game between right-handers with good fastballs and excellent breaking pitches.

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