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U.S. pitchers leave fielders idle

Updated: August 22, 2004, 10:41 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- The U.S. baseball team didn't qualify for the Olympics and the men's basketball team might have gotten whipped by Puerto Rico. But never fear. We still rule the world in softball.

The U.S. didn't allow a run during the seven-game round-robin tournament, extended its winning streak to 77 games and guaranteed itself the bronze heading into Sunday's semifinal game against Australia. Japan -- which pitched a perfect game Friday -- and China play in Sunday's other semifinal ...

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