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U.S., Nicaragua in Baseball Cup Finals

September 12, 2005

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ Jeffrey Deardorff and Benjamin Zobrist each drove in two runs to help the United States beat the Czech Republic 7-3 on Monday, giving the Americans a quarterfinal berth in the Baseball World Cup.

Nicaragua also earned a quarterfinal spot with an 11-4 victory over Taiwan, and Puerto Rico advanced with a 7-4 win over Spain. In other games, it was: Panama 5, South Africa 1; South Korea 12, Sweden 2; Brazil 4, Canada 12; and Colombia 1, Australia 5.

Japan will play South Korea in one quarterfinal Wednesday, but the other matchups won’t be determined until after the United States meets Taiwan on Tuesday.

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