Here We Go Again

The second World Baseball Classic, the global showcase that ultimately received plaudits from inaugural cynics in 2006, will begin in March with Japan trying to repeat as champion and the U.S. seeking redemption for its early elimination. If redemption seems an overstatement considering U.S. players are still in the early to mid-phase of spring training with the goal of winning the World Series as opposed to the World Classic, manager Davey Johnson says the "sour taste" of '06 should provide motivation amid favorable changes in the format.

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