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U.S. Beats Japan To Win Bronze

It's not what the medal they came for, but Team USA isn't heading home empty handed. Fresh off a disheartening defeat at the hands of Cuba in the semifinal game, the U.S. bounced back to beat Japan 8-4 in the bronze medal game. It was a game of comebacks for the U.S. Norichika Abe put Japan ahead 4-1 in the third when he hit a three-run home run off of Team USA starter Brett Anderson. But Matt Brown answered with a three-run homer of his own in the bottom of the inning to knot the score at 4-4.

International | #2008#International Affairs#Olympics

Cuba Pounds U.S. For Spot In Gold Medal Game

They may be older than they've been in the past, and they don't have a wave of young pitching to replace their veteran stars. But on Friday, Cuba showed once again that when it comes to Olympic baseball, they're still the team to beat. Never was that more clear than Friday morning. With a spot in the gold medal game on the line, Cuba routed Team USA 10-2 in a game that was just as lopsided as the score indicates. Cuba has played in the gold medal game of every official Olympics tournament, and will be playing for its fourth gold in five tries.

International | #2008#International Affairs#Olympics

Cuba Downs Team USA

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The U.S. and Cuba have had many thrilling games in international play, but they've never had one that ended like this. Using new international tiebreaker rules, Cuba beat Team USA 5-4, sending the Americans to a 1-2 record in the round robin. Cuba at 3-0 remains undefeated in these Olympics.

International | #2008#International Affairs#Olympics