Baseball: Lions salvage tie as clock ticks down in playoff push

Seven relievers combined to throw 9-1/3 scoreless innings and Takeya Nakamura scored three runs as the Seibu Lions overcame an early deficit to forge a 6-6 10-inning tie against the Rakuten Eagles on Saturday.The Lions began the day at Rakuten Seimei Park Miyagi in a second-place tie with the Lotte Marines in their battle to win the Pacific League’s final playoff spot and a trip to Fukuoka to play the league champion SoftBank Hawks for the right to play in the Japan Series.Nakamura scored after a second-inning leadoff single and a sixth-inning leadoff walk. He doubled off reliever D.J. Johnson…

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