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Japan and Chinese Taipei move to 2-0 in WBC pool play

Mar 3, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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These are the overnight World Baseball Classic games you probably missed. Unless you’re one of those World Baseball Classic superfans.

And, hey, there are worse things to be.

Helped by a four-run fourth inning, Chinese Taipei defeated a feisty Netherlands squad 8-3 on Sunday in Taichung, Taiwan. Dai-Kang Yang homered and tallied three RBI. Taipei is now 2-0 in Group B with good odds to advance to the next round in Tokyo.

Over in Group A, two-time defending champion Japan beat China 5-2 at the Fukuoka Dome in Fukuoka, Japan. Yoshio Itoi racked up five RBI and Japanese starter Kenta Maeda fanned six batters over five scoreless frames. Japan is 2-0 in Group A.

If you want a nice breakdown of the pools and the tournament bracket that will follow pool play, check out the official 2013 WBC website. China will face Cuba today in Group A and Korea plays Australia in Group B.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 3, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    You have to wonder if Mitch McConnel’s wife had anything to do with Taipei’s victory over the Netherlands. I mean, she had their ear.

    • cowboysoldiertx - Mar 3, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      I come here just to read your comments sir.

      • Old Gator - Mar 3, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        blush

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