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    Playing Korea hits home for Baek, Ryu

    For Padres pitchers Cha Seung Baek and Jae Kuk Ryu, playing against Team Korea on Wednesday night brought back memories, and also some old acquaintances.

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    Japan, Korea in U.S. for Classic play

    Japan and Korea, as the top two teams emerging from Pool A of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, now are in Arizona for workouts and exhibition games prior to their Round 2 play at PETCO Park in San Diego, beginning Sunday.

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    Padres to face Korea in exhibition

    On Wednesday, the San Diego Padres will step away from Cactus League play to face South Korea at 7:05 p.m. in an exhibition game.

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    Korea edges rival Japan, wins Pool A

    Jung Keun Bong outdueled his Japanese counterpart, Hisashi Iwakuma, as Korea edged its Far East rival, 1-0, Monday to capture the top spot in Pool A.

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    Japan, Korea to meet in Pool A finale

    Japan and Korea will meet one more time on Monday night at Tokyo Dome to determine the winner of the 2009 World Baseball Classic Pool A, Asia Round.

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    Korea rolls, earns rematch with Japan

    Korea overwhelmed China, 14-0, in Pool A play at the World Baseball Classic on Sunday. The loss eliminates China while Korea faces Japan on Monday for the top seed in Pool A.

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    Korea overwhelmed by Japan

    A much-anticipated pitching match-up between Korea's Kwang Hyun Kim and Daisuke Matsuzaka of Japan never materialized in Game 4 of Pool A action at the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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    Japan tops Korea, advances in Classic

    Defending Classic champion Japan is headed to the second round after a 14-2 shelling of Korea. The game was called after seven innings because of the mercy rule.

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    Korea makes grand statement in rout

    Jin Young Lee smacked a grand slam to highlight a six-run first inning and Keun-Woo Jeong hit a two-run homer in the sixth as Korea rolled past Chinese Taipei, 9-0.

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    Tribe's Choo cleared to play for Korea

    Shin-Soo Choo has been cleared to participate for Korea in the World Baseball Classic, though he will be limited to designated-hitter duties in the first round of the tournament.