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U.S. gets good look at Japan's Darvish; Cuba awaits

Updated: August 21, 2008, 12:25 AM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- An American team got an up-close look at Japanese star pitcher Yu Darvish when the United States played Japan in the final preliminary-round game of the Olympic tournament Wednesday. It was a brief but very effective appearance.

Japan's best pitcher and possibly the subject of a Daisuke Matsuzaka-like posting fee within two years, Darvish held his opponents scoreless for two innings and struck three before leaving with the game tied in the eventual 4-2 U.S. victory (in ...

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