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Samurai Japan advance to WBC championship round

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Samurai Japan celebrate after beating Israel at Tokyo Dome on Wednesday night.

The Yomiuri ShimbunSamurai Japan advanced to the championship round of the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday as skipper Hiroki Kokubo’s side defeated Israel 8-3 at Tokyo Dome.

Japan finished atop Pool E in the second round with a perfect record in three games.

The final round features the top two teams from Pools E and F in a tournament format.

Japan will face the Pool F runner-up in its semifinal game in Los Angeles on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Japan).Speech

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