Dinos, Doosan duke it out for second-place ranking

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Dinos, Doosan duke it out for second-place ranking

Even though the weather stayed hot and humid, Korea Baseball Organization clubs were constantly on the move last week, as each team had three two-game series.

The defending champion Samsung Lions have cemented their lead with five straight victories. They’ll be tested this week, though, as they have to play without the usual Monday break.

The Lions and the Nexen Heroes played the season’s first Monday game in Daegu, as the Saturday game was cancelled due to rain.

The Lions play the LG Twins today in Seoul, before heading to Gwangju to try taming the Kia Tigers on Thursday and Friday. They’ll next travel to Pohang, North Gyeongsang, to take on the Hanwha Eagles. The Eagles are 7-4 against the Lions this season.

The second-place NC Dinos are only a half game ahead of the No. 3 Doosan Bears. Two teams will meet on Thursday and Friday at the Jamsil Baseball Stadium in Seoul.

The fourth-ranked Heroes won’t have to travel this week, as all their games are at their home Mokdong Baseball Stadium in Seoul. But that doesn’t mean they have it easy - their first opponent is the Dinos, against which they have a pitiable 1-8 record.

In contrast, the Eagles will only have away games this week, though they start by facing the league bottom KT Wiz today.

The Lotte Giants will aim to end their four-game losing streak this week. They host the SK Wyverns from today, before meeting the KT Wiz on Thursday and the Heroes over the weekend.

BY JOO KYUNG-DON [joo.kyungdon@joongang.co.kr]

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