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Monday, 23rd March 2009
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World Baseball Classic: US sent packing by Japan

Japan has beaten the US 9-4 to make it through to the final of the World Baseball Classic.

The title decider, which will be held at the Dodger Stadium today (March 23rd), will see Japan play against Asian rivals South Korea.

It will be the fifth time the two countries have taken each other on in this edition of the tournament.

The US went into the semi-final tie having won all four of the previous games against Japan, two of which came during the Beijing Olympics.

Japan took control of the match by striking for five runs, having trailed 2-1 on entering the fourth inning.

Yu Darvish, the star pitcher of the Japan League, completed the victory in the ninth before a crowd of more than 43,000 people.

In related news, former Cuban president Fidel Castro has called for his country's baseball team to model its training methods on those of Japan's.

He praised Japan's "incredibly strict and orderly training" regime, reports the Mainichi Daily News.

Written by Mike Cotgreave