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Aki sacrifices for his country (twice)

Posted Feb 24, 2009 by Marc Lancaster

Updated Feb 24, 2009 at 11:10 AM

PORT CHARLOTTE—Though the Rays don’t open their spring training schedule until tomorrow, games already are being played on the other side of the world.

In an exhibition tuneup for the World Baseball Classic, Japan defeated Australia 8-2 today with some help from Akinori Iwamura. The Rays second baseman drove in a pair of runs with sacrifice flies to help lead his country against a Grant Balfour-less Aussie squad.

Back here, the players are out on the fields for their final workout before Grapefruit League play begins. David Price is among those slated to throw bullpen sessions today. No word yet on when we’ll see him in action in a game situation, though Saturday against the Phillies would be entertaining.

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