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Duran hits grand slam as U.S. defeats China

Updated: November 17, 2006, 1:25 PM ET
Associated Press

YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Andrea Duran hit a grand slam and Monica Abbott pitched a one-hitter Friday to lead the U.S. national softball team to an 8-0 win over China in the opener of the Japan Cup.

Jessica Mendoza went 3-for-3 for the U.S. team, which took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Americans extended it to 7-0 on Duran's grand slam in the second.

Abbott struck out seven in five innings, when the game was called because of the international-run rule. China ...

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