Besuboru

Like It Oughta Be In these last (and very rainy) days of Japanese major league baseball, all eyes were on the Central League's embattled first-place Yomiuri Giants:

Sunday: After a dismal 3-1 loss to the Yokohama Bay Stars, the Giants are just one game ahead of the Chunichi Dragons. Angry fans boo manager Shigeo Nagashima, littering the field with discarded megaphones ($6 each). Analysts link the team's slump to the lackluster performance of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Tuesday: Outfielder Dan Gladden, left, formerly of the Detroit Tigers, dons a kamikaze bandanna for courage. But the crucial game against the Dragons is rained out. Wednesday: Tied with Dragons after disastrous 0-1 defeat. Thursday: Rematch scratched as tropical typhoon Orchid hits.

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