Valentine's Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan Series

Updated: October 21, 2005, 9:27 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Bobby Valentine likes his team's chances in the Japan Series.

And why not? The former New York Mets manager guided the Chiba Lotte Marines to a second-place finish in the Pacific League this season. Then the Marines beat the defending Japan Series champion Seibu Lions and first-place Softbank Hawks in the playoffs.

"This is a very good team," Valentine said Thursday. "Everyone has done what they needed to do to get here."

The Marines, once a ...

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