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Japan win over Mexico puts U.S. on elimination brink

Updated: March 15, 2006, 11:56 PM ET
Associated Press

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Team USA will be cheering for Korea to beat Japan on Wednesday night. U.S. hopes of winning the inaugural World Baseball Classic could disappear if the Japanese prevail.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed one hit in five shutout innings, and Japan beat Mexico 6-1 on Tuesday in the second round of the WBC, putting the United States in danger of being eliminated before its next game.

Korea (2-0) can earn a berth in the semifinals by beating Japan (1-1). ...

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