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Samurai Japan’s warm-up effort on Monday came out half baked, as manager Hiroki Kokubo’s squad lost 1-0 to a team selected from the rosters of the Pacific League’s Fukuoka Softbank Hawks and Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

Samurai Japan will open its five-game series against a team of visiting big leaguers on Wednesday in Osaka at Kyocera Dome.

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