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TOKYO — New York Giant Manager Leo Durocher stated last night that his team wouldn't drop a game to the Tokyo Giants during their stay in Japan.

Durocher made the statement during a press interview at the Imperial Hotel last night.

"The Tokyo Giants beat us in a spring training game at Santa Maria this year. Their shortstop, that little guy Hirai, hit a homer that beat us." he said. "I haven't forgotten that, and neither has the rest of the team. We're going to lick them every time we play them.

Shouldn't Lose

"We shouldn't drop a game to any of these teams while we're over here. If we do though, it won't be to the Giants," Durocher added emphatically.

Asked for his opinion of the Giants. Durocher said, "They are the best-looking Japanese ball team I've seen. They showed a great deal of improvement during their spring workouts in the states. I'll have to see how far they've come before I can make any further comment."

The team's schedule calls for five games with the Tokyo Giants, five games with the Central league All-Stars, two games with the All-Japan All-Stars and single contests with the Nagoya Dragons and the Osaka Tigers. The first game is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m. in Korakuen Stadium. The Giants play their final game in Japan on Nov. 8 against the Osaka Tigers in Osaka.

Sal Maglie, originally scheduled to make the trip with the team, was left behind because of his ailing back. "Sal couldn't have done much with his back the way it is, and we would rather have him spend all the time possible trying to straighten his trouble out," Durocher commented.

Top Condition

The 18 team members who are making the trip are all in top condition, according to their manager. Monte Irvin, star left fielder, can't quite run at top speed yet, but will be more than able to patrol left field. Irvin injured the ankle during the past season. "I'll be up to about 90 per cent of my top speed, but it won't affect my play. I'll be in there every minute," said Irvin.

The New York Giants tour is being sponsored by Yomiuri Shimbun, owner of the Tokyo Giants.


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