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Heavy hitters Japan, U.S. to clash in World Baseball Classic final

Both teams crackle with power from American and Japanese major league stars

Japan's Masataka Yoshida is greeted at home after hitting a three-run home run in the semifinal against Mexico.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The fifth World Baseball Classic, an international tournament akin to soccer's World Cup, concludes Tuesday night local time as Japan and the U.S. battle for the championship in the American city of Miami.

Japan seeks to reclaim the crown, having won the first two editions of the tournament before failing to reach the final round in the next two. The Americans are shooting for their second straight championship. These two teams are meeting in the tournament final for the first time.

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