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Canada improves to 4-0 with win over winless Greece

8/18/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- After four games, Canada remains the
only undefeated team in the Olympic baseball tournament.

Former major leaguer Paul Spoljaric and three relievers combined
on a four-hitter to give Canada a 2-0 victory over winless
Greece.

Spoljaric, who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners and St. Louis Cardinals, lasted 5 1/3 innings and got
the win.

Third baseman Peter Orr, who drove in four runs in Tuesday's win
over the Netherlands, had two hits, including an RBI double in
the seventh inning.

When the tournament began, Canada manager Ernie Whitt -- himself
a former major leaguer -- admitted his team needed to get off to
a strong start because of its tough closing schedule in group
play.

The Canadians have done just that, building a one-game lead over
Japan (3-1), which suffered its first loss of the tournament, a
9-4 setback to Australia.

Former Milwaukee Brewers catcher Dave Nilsson had three hits for
Australia (2-2), which had 15 hits. Nilsson belted a two-run
homer in the eighth.

Japan faces Canada on Friday.

The Netherlands (2-2) kept Italy winless with a 10-4 pounding.
Designated hitter Sharnol Adrianna belted a two-run homer and
Chairon Isenia had three hits.

Gold medal favorite Cuba rebounded from Tuesday's 6-3 loss to
Japan by defeating Chinese Taipei, 10-5.

Cuba (3-1) got three hits from Osmani Urrutia and a solo homer
from designated hitter Eriel Sanchez in the second inning.
Chinese Taipei is 2-2.