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Yomiuri Sweeps Japan Series Title

October 30, 2002

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TOKOROZAWA, Japan (AP) _ The Yomiuri Giants won the Japan Series on Wednesday, completing a four-game sweep with a 6-2 victory over the Seibu Lions.

The Giants won their 20th title, the most in Japan, and their first since 2000.

Pinch-hitter Koji Goto had a two-run triple in the sixth inning and Takayuki Saito drove in three runs for the Giants. Left-hander Hisanori Takahashi gave up three hits over eight innings for the win and Junichi Kawahara retired the side in the ninth.

Tomohiro Nioka, who hit a grand slam in Game 3 and had nine hits in four games, was the MVP of the series.

Tom Evans, formerly of the Texas Rangers, hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to even the score for the Lions.

The Lions won the Pacific League with a record of 90-49, the best in Japanese baseball.

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