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7月4日号 プロ野球、全試合無観客で開幕

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bounce back
(ここでは)再開する(〈球が〉跳ね返るに掛けている)
pandemic
大流行
(be) slated to ~
~する予定である
postseason play
クライマックスシリーズ(今年はパ・リーグのみ)及び日本シリーズのこと
manager
監督
infection
感染
periodic
定期的な
quarantine
検疫
ban
禁じる
spit
つばを吐く
defeat ~
~を降す
grant ~ ...
~に…をもたらす
save for ~
~を除いて
venue
会場
final
決勝
behind the plate
(ここでは)バックネット裏の
down the baselines
(ここでは)一・三塁側の
goodwill
(ここでは)明るい
【写真説明】mayor
市長
opening pitch ceremony
始球式

Bouncing Back   

After a three-month delay caused by the new coronavirus pandemic, Japanese professional baseball started its season on June 19, in what will be a shortened program of 120 games, down from its regular 143.

The regular season had been scheduled to start on March 20. It is slated to end on Nov. 7, followed by postseason play.

It wasn't a perfect start, but all 12 league teams played, with two of the games held in open-air stadiums in Tokyo and Yokohama. They started about 30 minutes late due to rain.

The other four were in domed facilities in Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Saitama prefectures.

"I'm very happy, very excited about today's game," said Alex Ramirez, manager of the Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

To avoid virus infections, all games will be played without fans until July 9, in a first for official games of Japanese professional baseball. There will be periodic testing and quarantines and, according to league guidelines, players will be banned from spitting.

At Tokyo Dome, the Yomiuri Giants defeated the Hanshin Tigers 3-2, granting the Giants their 6,000th victory since their foundation in 1934.

The orange seats in the dome were empty, save for messages in large, block letters across the seats reading: "Giants Pride," "2020 Tokyo" and "With Fans."

The stadium in Yokohama, which is the venue for next year's Olympic baseball final, had a characteristic atmosphere. Seats behind the plate and down the baselines were covered with 5,000 large panels, most carrying faces of fans with various goodwill messages.

"I have been waiting for such a long time," a note on one panel read in Japanese.

BayStars pitcher Ishida Kenta thanked health care workers when he spoke at a pre-game ceremony. "Thanks to the medical professionals still on the front line and many others who are supporting us," Ishida said. "Today, professional baseball can start the season because of them." (AP)

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