• Kyodo


The Seibu Lions clinched their first Pacific League pennant in 10 years on Sunday despite losing 4-1 to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters.

The Lions, who had won 12-straight games to lower their magic number to one before losing on Saturday, lost their second straight game, but clinched the pennant by virtue of the second-place Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks’ 9-1 loss against the Chiba Lotte Marines in Fukuoka.

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