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The Fukuoka Softbank Hawks’ bats took a rare night off in a Central League park. Luckily the pitching staff was present and accounted for, and so was the defense.

Jason Standridge held the Yomiuri Giants to one run over seven innings, and a great defensive sequence in the eighth helped preserve the lead as the Hawks beat the Giants 3-2 in front of a crowd of 44,893 on Saturday night at Tokyo Dome.

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