Win For The World

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Japan outlasted Korea on Monday to claim its second WBC title.
Japan won its second World Baseball Classic with a 5-3 win over Korea. On Monday night, though, baseball -- and this event -- also walked away with big victories. Eric Neel | Japan defends title

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Neel: U.S. falls to simple, sound approach
Japan did all the little things right, and when added together, it was way too much for Team USA to handle.
Caple: Mistakes made, starting with Johnson
Team USA wanted to win the WBC. Oh, really? Then why was Davey Johnson the manager of this team?
Neel: Korea ends it early
Korea is ready to take center stage in the WBC after quickly disposing of an MLB-laden Venezuela team.
Arangure: Starting Silva backfires on Venezuela
Luis Sojo's risky decision to start Carlos Silva rather than young ace Felix Hernandez doomed Venezuela from the start against Korea.
Caple: Who's on first? For Team USA, it's DeRosa
Injuries have forced Team USA to start untested Mark DeRosa at first base for its semifinal game against Japan.
Stark: How to fix the World Baseball Classic
Putting together a plan that will make the World Baseball Classic feel like baseball's version of Super Sunday.
Baseball Tonight Clubhouse
Four good teams have advanced at the World Baseball Classic, but Eric Young maintains Japan is still the team to beat.
Arangure: Cubans can't escape defeat
Although Cuba suffered its worst international showing in 50 years, the WBC was the last hurrah and opportunity for veteran pitcher Pedro Lazo.
Arangure: Koreans have Japan's number
The Koreans' victory over Yu Darvish and Japan is more proof they now are the Far East's premier team.
Nelson: Team USA provides memory of a lifetime
Felix Perez, who showed up with a ticket for Team USA's WBC game against Puerto Rico, ended up being part of the celebration after the U.S. finished a dramatic 6-5 win.
Nelson: Venezuela knocks off Puerto Rico
Venezuela picked up an emotional win over Puerto Rico at the WBC, setting up an elimination game between Team USA and Puerto Rico.
Arangure: It's all about family for Gonzalez in Mexico
It's a family affair for Adrian Gonzalez as he leads Team Mexico in its bid for glory at the World Baseball Classic.
Bell: Oblique injuries strike
Stephania Bell explains the physiology of the oblique injury, which was very much in the news this past weekend.
Arangure: Cuba likely better than 2006 team
The 2009 Cuban team, led by young talent and a potent lineup, might be even better than the 2006 version that advanced to the WBC final.
Nelson: Team USA embarrassed in second-round opener
Team USA was left with a feeling of embarrassment after Puerto Rico turned the Americans into mercy-rule victims Saturday.
Law: Darvish looks like future MLB ace
How would Yu Darvish fare if he played Major League Baseball? According to Keith Law, the Japanese star would be a No. 1 starter.
Arangure: WBC gets bump from Netherlands, Puerto Rico
Baseball might be making a comeback in Puerto Rico -- and might be making an arrival in the Netherlands.
Nelson: Venezuela trailed by drama
Politics and baseball have collided for Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic.
Law: Breaking down Team Japan
From pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to outfielder Norichika Aoki, Keith Law looks at the pluses and minuses for a few of Team Japan's players.
Arangure: Netherlands' prayers answered
The Netherlands shocked the baseball world by knocking the Dominican Republic out of the World Baseball Classic. The Dominicans certainly don't believe it actually happened.
Nelson: Ziegler beats injuries, odds
Brad Ziegler changed his delivery and overcame a pair of skull fractures to become one of the best relievers in baseball a year ago.
Arangure: Puerto Rico making a point
Puerto Rico is making a case to be mentioned among the elite teams in this installment of the World Baseball Classic.
Nelson: Canada's Aumont makes most of chance
Team Canada's stay at the WBC was brief, but Phillippe Aumont's effort gave Canada reason to hope.
Nelson: Team USA handling its surroundings
Team USA has taken different paths to two wins in the WBC, coming away with a tight victory against Canada and a blowout against Venezuela.
Arangure: Dominican Republic gets serious
The Dominican Republic avoided the embarrassment of a quick exit at the World Baseball Classic by taking out its frustrations on Panama.
Nelson: From opening jitters to Oswalt
Team USA got its nerves out of the way with Saturday's one-run win and can now hand the ball to the always-cool Roy Oswalt.
Arangure: Williams trades guitar for bat, glove
Four-time World Series champ Bernie Williams, at 40 years old, has put down his guitar and picked up his glove to play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.
Arangure: Former stars seeking jobs
Pedro Martinez is one of several former stars who find themselves in a tryout of sorts while at the Puerto Rico bracket of the World Baseball Classic.
Nelson: Bullpen management key to Team USA's success
How Team USA manages the bullpen in the first round of the World Baseball Classic will be vital to its success.
Stark: Pressure clearly on Team USA
Having been a big flop in the World Baseball Classic three years ago, Team USA has a lot riding on it to be successful this time around.
Nelson: Indians' Choo serving his country
Playing in the WBC is only one way Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo might end up serving his country. The other -- mandatory military service -- could cost him his career.
Neel: Players catching WBC fever
Though several prominent players have withdrawn from the World Baseball Classic for a variety of reasons, the tournament still resonates as a marquee experience.
Caple: How to create more interest in the WBC
We're excited about the World Baseball Classic, but here are 10 ways to make it even better.
BP Daily: U.S. ready to rebound in WBC
The strongest team in the tournament, by these ratings, belongs to the United States.
Stark: Team USA ready this time
Team USA learned its lesson the last time around in the WBC and won't make the same mistakes this time.
Baseball Tonight Clubhouse: WBC should mean something
Steve Phillips thinks the WBC should mean something, so people should stop making excuses and embrace the event, especially here in the United States.
Law: Who's not playing the WBC
With the final World Baseball Classic rosters having been announced, here's a look at some of the most important or notable absences.
Neyer: March better than November
You could play a World Baseball Classic after the World Series, except you'd have to rename it the World Baseball Humdrum.
Stark: Early look at WBC rosters
The WBC rosters are only "provisional" for now, but several are shaping up to be potential juggernauts, including Team USA.
Gammons: WBC a concern for pitchers
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