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U.S. wins by mercy rule

Updated: July 18, 2009, 12:45 AM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Just because the U.S. team has called on Jennie Finch to focus on her top-notch pitching all these years doesn't mean she's forgotten how to hit.

Given the chance to swing away, Finch has become a staple in the middle of the lineup for a new-look American team that has 10 rookies.

She came through with another big hit Friday night, powering a two-run home run to left field during a six-run first inning as the U.S. capitalized on some shaky defense by Italy for a 12-0 ...

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