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  • Japan's Atsunori Inaba, right, reacts after striking out against Puerto Rico's Mario Santiago during the third inning of a semifinal game of the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco, Sunday, March 17, 2013. At left is catcher Yadier Molina.

    This time, under far different circumstances four years later, two-time reigning champion Japan couldn't pull off a remarkable three-peat.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 18, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT
  • United States' Eric Hosmer (35) is safe at first base as Dominican Republic first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is unable to hold on to the ball during the sixth inning of a second-round game of the World Baseball Classic in Miami, Thursday, March 14, 2013. Jose Reyes was charged with a throwing error.

    The Dominican Republic topped the United States 3-1 Thursday night to earn a berth in the final round of the World Baseball Classic.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 15, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT
  • United States' Ryan Braun (8) slides safely into home to score on a double by Joe Mauer against Puerto Rico catcher Yadier Molina during the first inning of a second-round World Baseball Classic game, Tuesday, March 12, 2013, in Miami.

    The Americans will play Thursday night against the Dominican Republic, which remained unbeaten in the WBC by rallying past Italy 5-4 on Tuesday.

    LAST UPDATE : Mar 13, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT
  • Team USA has big plans to reach World Baseball Classic championship after missing two before

    Joe Torre is returning to the top step of the dugout to manage the Americans, who have yet to even reach the championship game of this hugely popular international event.

    LAST UPDATE : Feb 28, 2013, 4:34 PM EST