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Matsuzaka shaky in Japan's 11-2 win in WBC tuneup

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Does anyone have a link to a box score for this and the first game?

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One of his RedSox nicknames is Porky Pig...

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What happened to Australian players? Lost twice? Not serious about games?

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I hjeard they played their B team in the first game against Japan..don't know about the second.Japan are much better than the Aussies at baseball,so who knows.

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And I did not even know Aussies can play baseball...lol!

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People who can't make the cricket team play baseball in Australia, so we're not much chop at baseball- though I believe we beat Japan in the Sydney Olympics.

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Some of the Australian players have MLB contracts. Not many, but some...

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Australian national cricket players used to play baseball outside of the cricket season - well, according to something I head Greg Chappell say once. But you would be hard pressed to find a baseball game to watch in Australia - on TV or on the diamond, that's for sure. It's quite a minor sport in comparison with the other pursuits.

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They ran a snippet of the game on ESPN2 here in the States. Man, Matsuzaka really porked up in the off-season. The ESPN commentator said Dice-K looks like a mini-van.

Classic.

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Most Japanese prefer "Yakyuu" game than baseball. In game they love many kinds of play actions such as all players hit balls small (not homerun), get 1st base, move/steal 2nd, 3rd base, and exciting homebase, get more points and much fun about defence play. Japanese love "Yakyuu" not baseball.

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kwatt, please come again?

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Australians are pretty athletic. I think they could do any sport, when they are not drunk, that they put their minds, too.

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I think Kwatt is referring to "small ball", a pretty common thing in MLB that focuses on small victories (bunts, singles, tight fielding) to advance the scoring.

So before this becomes some pseudo-social intellectual digression on Japan playing as a team and Western teams playing as individuals, let's just say that this is by no means a strategy that goes unused by the majors in the US...

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