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China edges South Korea in Asian Championship
Updated: 2005-05-22 21:29

Yang Guogang and Zhang Yufeng each drove in a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning Sunday as China upset South Korea 4-3 on the final day of the Asian Championship baseball tournament.

China's team celebrate after they defeated South Korea in the third place game in the 23rd Asian Baseball Championship in Miyazaki, southern Japan, May 22, 2005. China beat South Korea 4-3. [Reuters]
China, managed by American Jim Lefebvre, wrapped up a place in the International Baseball Federation's World Cup of Baseball in September.

Chinese pitcher Wang Nan picked up the win after coming on in the fifth inning at Sun Marine Stadium and holding the South Koreans scoreless the rest of the way.

Host Japan, South Korea and Taiwan also secured berths in the World Cup, which will be played in the Netherlands.

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