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Team USA manager had a rough night in Sunday's loss against Japan

Updated: March 23, 2009, 12:20 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- America's problem with the World Baseball Classic can be summed up with the eighth inning of Sunday night's 9-4 loss to Japan.

After trailing much of the game by four runs, the U.S. had cut the lead to 6-4 in the top of the eighth inning and had the heart of the order due to bat in the ninth against Yu Darvish, a superb young starter but one with no experience as a closer. Unfortunately, by the time the U.S. batted against Darvish, it trailed not by two runs but five because ...

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