|03 Oct||Chiba Lotte|| ||P - P|| ||Saitama Seibu|
|02 Oct||Chiba Lotte|| ||7 - 3|| ||Saitama Seibu|
|01 Oct||Chiba Lotte|| ||3 - 2|| ||Saitama Seibu|
|30 Sep||Chiba Lotte|| ||5 - 4|| ||Saitama Seibu|
|29 Sep||Fukuoka SoftBank|| ||1 - 0|| ||Saitama Seibu|
The Saitama Seibu Lions are a professional baseball team in Japan's Pacific League based north of Tokyo in Tokorozawa, Saitama. Before 1979, they were based in Fukuoka in Kyushu. The team is owned by a subsidiary of Prince Hotels, which in turn is owned by the Seibu Group. The team experienced a recent period of financial difficulty, but the situation brightened when the team received a record ¥6 billion (about $51.11 million) posting fee from the Boston Red Sox for the right to negotiate a contract with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Between 1978 and 2008, the team logo and mascot were based on the adult version of Kimba the White Lion, a classic Japanese anime series by Osamu Tezuka. In 2004, former Seibu Lions player Kazuo Matsui became the first Japanese infielder to play in Major League Baseball.
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