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Shohei Ohtani, other Asian stars chase World Baseball Classic glory

What to watch as the World Cup-style tournament begins in Taiwan, Japan, U.S.

Japan's Shohei Ohtani hits a home run in a WBC warm-up game on March 6 in Osaka.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- The fifth edition of the World Baseball Classic begins on Wednesday after a six-year hiatus, bringing together a constellation of star players from Japan, South Korea and others from around the globe.

Australia, China and Taiwan round out the Asia-Pacific contingent among the 20 teams in the World Cup-style tournament, which also includes baseball powerhouses such as the U.S., Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

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