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The BayStars turned the music up. Way up. It didn’t matter that a wall separated the clubhouse from the room where manager Alex Ramirez was meeting with the media after a triumphant showing in the first stage of the Central League Climax Series on Monday. You could still hear the players shouting and the music blasting loud and clear.

There was plenty of reason for it. Just a few minutes earlier, outfielder Taiki Sekine had reached up and caught a hard-hit ball from Yomiuri’s Shinnosuke Abe, one that looked destined to end Yokohama’s season when it came off Abe’s bat with two on and two out in the bottom of the 11th.

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