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Previewing the REAL World Series

by Archives March 8, 2006

Pool A

Japan

Japan finished second in Pool B after losing to Korea 3-2. They roughed-up their other opponents, beating China 18-2 and Chinese Taipei 14-3.

Hirotoshi Ishii blew a 2-1 lead and earned the loss in the eighth inning.

Shortstop Munenori Kawasaki had a solo homerun in the losing effort.

Japan’s first game in Round 2 will be against the runner up in Pool B on March 12.

Korea

Korea finished first in Pool A after defeating Japan 3-2. They defeated China 10-1 and Chinese Taipei 2-0.

In the win against Japan, 1st baseman Seung-Yeop Lee had a home run and 2 RBIs.

Dae-Sung Koo earned the win against Japan and Chan Ho Park picked up his second save of the tournament.

Korea’s first game in Round 2 will be against the winner of Pool B on March 12.

Pool B

South Africa

Key Pitcher: Barry Armitage

Key Hitter: Ashley Scott

Prediction: 4TH

United States

Key Pitcher: Roger Clemens

Key Hitter: Alex Rodriguez

Prediction: 1ST

Canada

Key Pitcher: Jeff Francis

Key Hitter: Jason Bay

Prediction: 2ND

Pool C

Panama

Key Pitcher: Bruce Chen

Key Hitter: Carlos Lee

Prediction: 3RD

Nederland

Key Pitcher: Alexander Smit

Key Hitter: Andruw Jones

Prediction: 4TH

Puerto Rico

Key Pitcher: Javier Vazquez

Key Hitter: Carlos Beltran

Prediction: 1ST

Cuba

Key Pitcher: Vicyhoandry Odelin

Key Hitter: Alexei Ramirez

Prediction: 2ND

Pool D

Dominican Republic

Key Pitcher: Bartolo Colon

Key Hitter: David Ortiz

Prediction: 1ST

Austrailia

Key Pitcher: Adrian Burnside

Key Hitter: Glenn Williams

Prediction: 3RD

Venezuela

Key Pitcher: Johan Santana

Key Hitter: Bobby Abreu

Prediction: 2ND

Italy

Key Pitcher: Jason Grilli

Key Hitter: Mike Piazza

Prediction: 4TH

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