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Darvish to start WBC opener

Updated: March 5, 2009, 5:57 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Japan manager Tatsunori Hara said Wednesday that right-hander Yu Darvish would be the starting pitcher against China in his team's opening game of the World Baseball Classic.

Japan will begin its defense of the WBC title on Thursday against China at Tokyo Dome.

"Yu Darvish is going to start," Hara said Wednesday. "His condition has been getting better and better as we get closer to the tournament and I'm excited to watch him pitch the first game for Japan."

The 22-year-old ...

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