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Organizers say Japan has committed to 2013 WBC

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TOKYO (AP)

Organizers of the World Baseball Classic say they expect Japan to field a team regardless of a threat by the country's professional players to skip the 2013 tournament because of a dispute over the distribution of revenue.

Paul Archey, Major League Baseball's senior vice president of international business operations, said in a statement ''We fully expect Japan, the winners of the first two World Baseball Classics, will field another championship-caliber team of which its fans will be proud.''

Japan's players association has threatened to boycott the 2013 tournament because calls for a larger share of tournament revenue weren't met. The tournament is organized by Major League Baseball.

Organizers say Nippon Professional Baseball has already committed to field a team for the 2013 tournament.

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