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Hideto Asamura homered twice and had an RBI single for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, who maintained their Game 1 mastery of the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks with a 5-3 win to open the Pacific League Climax Series’ first stage on Saturday.

Asamura may be new to the Eagles after joining them over the winter as a free agent, but the result was all too familiar for the Hawks, who fell to 0-3 in postseason series openers against Rakuten.

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