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Three ejected in US baseball win

Jim Lefebvre
China manager Lefebvre was ejected during the game

Jake Arrieta struck out seven and Taylor Teagarden and Nate Schierholtz hit two-run doubles as the US beat China 9-1 in the Olympics baseball.

But there were three ejections for China, with manager Jim Lefebvre one of those dismissed for arguing against what he perceived to be rough play.

John Gall added an RBI double in the Americans' three-run fifth and Terry Tiffee hit his sixth Olympics double.

South Korea beat Taiwan 9-8, while Japan recorded a 1-0 win over Canada.

As well as Lefebvre, China relief pitcher Chen Kun and pitching coach Steven Ontiveros were also ejected.

BBc Sport's Gordon Farquhar

Tempers had flared after the host nation's catcher Wang Wei, who is on the books of Major League side Seattle Mariners, was knocked out of the game following a collision at the plate with Matt LaPorta.

Back-up catcher Yang Yang had to be held back from Schierholtz after the American made a hard slide home, leading to Lefebvre's ejection.

After US manager Davey Johnson and Ontiveros were called out to discuss the increasingly heated game with the umpiring crew, Chen then hit LaPorta on the head with a pitch at the start of the seventh innings - causing Chen and Ontiveros to be tossed.

Baseball medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forSouth Korea 1 0 0 1
Men's Team 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forCuba 0 1 0 1
Men's Team 0 1 0
3 also show each event results forUSA 0 0 1 1
Men's Team 0 0 1

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see also
Chang apologises over drugs test
17 Aug 08 |  Baseball
Cuba edge US on tie-breaker rule
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Cuba claim win in baseball opener
13 Aug 08 |  Baseball
BBC Olympics blog
15 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Beijing 2008
14 Feb 08 |  Olympics
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