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U.S. falls to simple, sound approach

Japan's fundamentally solid style too much for Team USA in WBC semifinal

Updated: March 23, 2009, 12:20 PM ET
By Eric Neel | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- There would be no mob on the infield. There would be no David Wright heroics.

Team USA's ninth-inning comeback against Puerto Rico less than a week ago felt like ancient history as the Americans walked off the field at the end of a 9-4 loss to Team Japan in the second semifinal of the World Baseball Classic on Sunday night. There were some big hits -- Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts led off the game with a line-shot home run into a stiff wind over the center-field ...

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