Baseball: Marines look for playoff upset against Hawks

The SoftBank Hawks are one playoff series away from their fourth straight Japan Series berth, but to do that they will need to get past the Lotte Marines starting on Saturday at Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome.Although the Marines gave the Hawks fits for much of the season, Lotte enters the series as serious underdogs.In a season that did not get under way until June 19 — and then only behind closed doors — due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Pacific League trimmed its postseason Climax Series to a two-team best-of-five single stage. The Hawks begin with a one-win advantage and will advance if …

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