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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Aikawa’s clutch eighth-inning homer gives Japan comeback win over Australia

Two-time defending World Baseball Classic champion Japan endured a scare on Saturday one week before the start of the 2013 tournament, but backup catcher Ryoji Aikawa rescued his team with a three-run, eighth-inning homer in a 3-2 victory over Australia.

Koji Yamamoto’s Samurai Japan prevailed in the first of its two exhibition games as the teams prepare for the start of the WBC on March 2. Japan will open the defense of the titles won in 2006 and 2009 in Fukuoka in Pool A, while Australia is grouped in Pool B in Taichung, Taiwan.

Given the fact that earlier they were beaten 7-0 by the Hiroshima Carp, Samurai Japan 2013 isn’t off to the best of starts.

Gamingboy Posted: February 23, 2013 at 02:41 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: australia, japan, wbc

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