Sun, Nov 12, 2006 - Page 23 News List

La New Bears fall just short of win

LATE-INNING SWOON The Taiwanese side played almost perfect ball for most of the game, only to lose a one-run lead in the eighth inning as their ace closer faltered badly

By Paul Huang  /  CONTRIBUTING REPORTER , WITH AP, TOKYO

The Fighters were scheduled to face the winner of yesterday's late game in which South Korea's Samsung Lions faced off with the Bears.

The four teams faced each other once in the preliminary round and the top two teams will meet again in today's final.

The China Stars, managed by American Jim Lefebvre, got their only run of the game on a home run by Li Lei in the top of the ninth inning.

Bobby Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines won the inaugural Asia Series last year.

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