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Marines No. 1: Valentine wins Japan Series

Updated: October 27, 2005, 3:18 PM ET
Associated Press

OSAKA, Japan -- Bobby Valentine wants to see a series between the best team from Japan and Major League Baseball.

The former New York Mets manager, whose Chiba Lotte Marines completed a four-game sweep of the Japan Series on Wednesday, says Japanese professional baseball has closed the gap on the majors.

"Watching our guys all season and the World Series on TV, I can tell you the level of play is equal," Valentine said after becoming the first foreigner to manage a Japan ...

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