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Kenji Otonari threw seven scoreless innings and Toru Hosokawa homered as the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks defeated the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters 4-1 in Game 6 of the Pacific League Climax Series Final Stage on Monday night to book a spot in the Japan Series.

Softbank, which had a one-win advantage as the PL champion, won the series 4-3 and will play in the Japan Series for the first time since 2011, when it won the title.

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