HAVANA TIMES, March 5.— World Baseball Classic II got under way on Thursday with the first game in the Asian group with Japan shutting out China 4-0. Yu Darvish started for the winners and pitched four innings of no-hit ball. The other two teams in Group A are South Korea and Chinese Taipei. Those teams play their first game on Friday.

Cuba is in Group B along with host Mexico, Australia and South Africa. It plays its opener on Sunday against South Africa at 2:00 p.m. Cuban time. For an inside look at Cuba in the Classic see Peter Bjarkman’s WBC Diary at: http://havanatimes.org/?p=5062

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