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Yomiuri Giants (24-15-2) at Chunichi Dragons (17-24-3)
Sunday, August 9th, 1:00 AM EDT
Chunichi Dragons: TBA (Probable: RHP Yuichiro Okano, 2-1, 4.82 ERA)
Yomiuri Giants: TBA (Probable: LHP Kazuto Taguchi, 2-1, 3.60 ERA)
The Giants have been the best team in the Central League all season long, and the stats back that up since they are in first place of the standings with a 24-15-2 record, winning two more games than the second-placed team, the Yokohama DeNA BayStars, while playing two fewer contests. Meanwhile, the Dragons sit dead last in the standings with just 17 wins while playing the most games (44) in the entire Central League. As if that wasn't enough, they're also coming off a 2-3 record in their last five contests, although one positive sign is that they've clinched back-to-back wins against the Giants on Friday and Saturday, surrendering two runs combined. The starting pitchers for this matchup are yet to be announced, but the probable hurlers will be Yuichiro Okano for the Dragons and Kazuto Taguchi for the Giants. The Giants' left-hander gets the edge in this one solely because the team has a better offense at his disposal, thus potentially making his day easier.
Zoilo Almonte - Out - Side
7/3 2:43 PM IST - Almonte was removed from the Dragons' active roster after suffering a side injury Thursday. Almonte hit a ball off his side in Thursday's contest, and he'll be examined Saturday to determine the severity.