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Young U.S. team loses to Japan

Updated: July 15, 2013, 1:48 AM ET
By Graham Hays | espnW.com

Aimee Creger's first start for the University of Tulsa came on Feb. 11, 2011, against Northern Illinois University. That was just about two and a half years after Japan's Yukiko Ueno, the pitcher Creger faced Saturday in the American's first start at the full international level, beat the United States in the gold medal game of the 2008 Olympics.

When Ueno pitched a perfect game for Japan in the 2004 Olympics, Cheridan Hawkins was getting ready for the fifth grade. ...

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