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Yomiuri Giants claim title

The Tokyo Yomiuri Giants _ Japan's winningest team _ celebrated their 60th anniversary by winning the Japan Series for the 18th time, beating the Seibu Lions 3-1 in the Tokyo Dome on Saturday.

The Giants took the best-of-seven series 4-2, beating their cross-town rivals for the first time in four tries. It was the Giants' first Series win in five years.

Right-hander Hiromi Makihara, winner of Game 2, went the distance in the clincher, giving up seven hits. The Giants got 10 hits off three pitchers.

Dodgers take out loan

LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles Dodgers have taken out a $20-million loan to cover costs during the strike.

Bob Graziano, the club's vice president-finance, said the Dodgers had been debt-free since the construction of Dodger Stadium and would not have taken the loan if not for the strike. It has been estimated that the Dodgers have lost $12-million because of the strike that began Aug. 12.

Since the strike, the Dodgers have eliminated 20 full-time and five part-time positions and cut the salaries of management personnel by 15 percent, among other moves.

Rangers hire 2 new coaches

ARLINGTON, Texas _ The Rangers hired former New York Yankees manager Bucky Dent as their dugout coach and infield instructor and added Ed Napoleon as their first base coach.