Baseball: Japan Olympians raring to go as season resumes

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Japan's elite pro baseball leagues return to action Friday after their prolonged Olympic break, with a number of veterans of Japan's gold medal-winning team, like Masahiro Tanaka, expressing a desire to turn their Tokyo Games experience into success with their clubs. Tanaka, who turned down major league offers after seven seasons with the New York Yankees to return to Japan and the Pacific League's Rakuten Eagles, was expected to be one of Samurai Japan's stars. In contrast to his seven scoreless innings as a 19-year-old at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, when Japan failed to medal, Tanaka collecte...

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