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The Seibu Lions won the right to negotiate with top pitching prospect Chihiro Sumida out of Fukuoka Prefecture’s Nishinippon Institute of Technology on Monday at Nippon Professional Baseball’s amateur draft.

The Pacific League’s (PL) Lions were among four clubs to nominate the left-hander as their top pick, along with the Central League’s (CL) Hiroshima Carp, Yomiuri Giants and Yakult Swallows.

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