US beat Japan to claim baseball bronze

The United States beat Japan 8-4 to leave the final Olympic baseball tournament with the bronze medal.

The US shortstop Jason Donald, right, celebrates with teammate Taylor Teagarden after his three-run homerun against Japan.
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BEIJING // The United States beat Japan 8-4 to leave the final Olympic baseball tournament with the bronze medal. After failing to qualify for the Athens Games, the bronze restored a bit of US pride before the sport is dropped from the Olympic programme following the gold medal game between Cuba and South Korea later today. Matt Brown led the US assault with a third-inning three-run homer while Taylor Teagarden added a two-run shot and Matt LaPorta a solo blast.

Masahiro Araki and Norichika Aoki homered for Japan, who fail to return home with a medal for just the second time since the sport was introduced at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. *Reuters