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2017 WBC: Eighth-inning heroics carry unbeaten Japan past Cuba

Another night, another thrilling win for Samurai Japan at the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Pinch hitter Seiichi Uchikawa brought in the tiebreaking run with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth, Tetsuto Yamada provided more breathing room with a two-run home run later in the frame, and the Japanese emerged from a back-and-forth battle against Cuba with a 8-5 victory on Tuesday night at Tokyo Dome.

The Japanese took a big step toward qualifying for the semifinals in the U.S. with the win.

2017 WBC: Cuba shrugs off fatigue to beat China at WBC

An early wakeup call couldn’t knock Cuba off its game and neither could China.

Cuba rebounded from a late-night loss to Japan less than 24 hours earlier by scoring four runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 6-0 win over China in Pool B of the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Wednesday at Tokyo Dome.


2017 WBC: Matsuda, Tsutsugo carry Japan past Cuba in WBC opener

The fans waited as Nobuhiro Matsuda rounded the bases and exchanged high-fives with his teammates. They knew what was coming, and when Matsuda pumped his fist and let out a guttural yell, as is his custom after home runs, the Japanese fans packed in Tokyo Dome exploded with enough force to knock the roof off the Big Egg.