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Talent unlikely to get lost in translation

Originally Published: March 1, 2006
By Jim Allen | Special to ESPN.com

Forget Hideki Matsui and Tadahito Iguchi. Japan is going places without them.

Manager Sadaharu Oh is confident the guys who did show up can do the job in the World Baseball Classic, which begins Friday at the Tokyo Dome.

Two teams from Pool A -- which also includes China, South Korea and Taiwan -- will advance to the quarterfinal round in Anaheim, Calif., on March 12, and Oh has no doubts Japan will be among the last eight in the 16-nation tournament.

"I have no worries," Oh ...

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