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Kai Ueda didn’t have much time to get ready for what might’ve been the biggest moment of his career. Edwin Escobar had just located a 153-kph fastball into Shun Takayama’s hip and someone needed to run the bases during the top of the eighth inning in Game 3 of the Central League Climax Series First Stage on Monday.

So Ueda suddenly became the next man up, and he played his role perfectly.

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