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Pitching is set to take center-stage this weekend as second and third-place teams take the field in the first stage of their respective Climax Series this weekend.

Three of Japan’s most talked about pitchers — the Hiroshima Carp’s Kenta Maeda, the Orix Buffaloes’ Chihiro Kaneko and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters wunderkind Shohei Otani — could all be in action (though a rainout earlier in the week may result in Maeda being pushed back), and a fourth, the Hanshin Tigers’ Randy Messenger, should get be getting more attention than he receives.

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