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Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks (3-4) at Saitama Seibu Lions (3-4)
Saturday, June 27, 1:00 AM EDT
This matchup pits two of the best two teams in the Pacific League against each other. The Lions had the top regular season record in the league last season, but it was the Hawks who advanced to (and eventually won) the Japan Series, winning their third title in a row and their fifth in the last six years. Both teams have stumbled out of the gate this year, winning just three of their first seven games, but there's still plenty of time for them to turn things around. The visiting Lions will send second-year pitcher Wataru Matsumoto to the mound as they look to take a 2-0 lead in the series. He wasn't particularly impressive in his rookie campaign, posting a 4.54 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 85.1 innings. Opposing him will be 39-year-old lefty Tsuyoshi Wada, who recorded a solid 3.90 ERA last season. He owns a lifetime 3.13 ERA in his 13-year NPB career.
Lions' Last Lineup
SS Sosuke Genda
CF Yuji Kaneko
Hawks' Last Lineup