Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara is racking up the frequent flier miles this year. Exactly six months to the day after piloting Japan to its second consecutive World Baseball Classic title, Hara was once again airborne doage-style, getting tossed aloft by his Giants players at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday after their 5-3 victory over the second-place Chunichi Dragons clinched the Central League pennant for Yomiuri.
Alex Ramirez and Yoshitomo Tani each homered and right-hander Wirfin Obispo worked seven solid innings to improve to 5-1 as the Giants clinched their third straight CL title and the club’s 33rd overall.
“We’re just going to take it day-by-day from now on,” said Ramirez, who drove in two runs on Wednesday. “The first stage has been cleared and now we’ve got to win the Climax Series, but our No. 1 goal is to win the Japan Series.”
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