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The World Baseball Classic is not perfect, but sometimes the competition hits all the right notes and delivers the thrilling moments that make it feel almost like October in March.

A game of ebbs and flows, big hits, defensive gems and clutch pitching ended with Japan on top after Sho Nakata’s tiebreaking two-run single in the top of the 11th inning helped give the Japanese an 8-6 win over the Netherlands in a game that began Sunday night and didn’t end until nearly Monday morning at Tokyo Dome in the second round of the WBC.

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