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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks catcher Hiroaki Takaya gathered his teammates in a huddle around him near the visitors’ dugout and delivered a message intended to pump them up before facing the Seibu Lions.

“We scored 10 runs in the first game and won,” Takaya told them. “They scored 10 runs in the next game and won. So if you score more than 10 runs, you should win.

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