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Olympics 2008 Archive

These were the beautiful Olympics. They opened and closed with ceremonies that practically redefined choreography and gave a lasting lesson in the power of imagination. They opened hearts and minds, at least for a fortnight, in bringing the once-forbidden world of China into cultural union with the West.
Pirates infielder Doug Mientkiewicz calls his Olympic experience the No. 1 highlight of his baseball career, topping his 2004 World Series title with Boston.
South Korea captured the gold medal and capped a perfect and improbable Olympic run with the country's biggest win yet in international baseball, a 3-2 victory over defending champion Cuba on Saturday night in the championship of the Beijing Games.
Members of the U.S. baseball team were almost universally displeased with IOC president Jacques Rogge's remarks that MLB players must be used in some capacity for the IOC to reconsider their sport for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said Major League Baseball talent must be sent if his committee is to approve the return of baseball for the 2016 Olympics.
The United States baseball team's dream of the last Olympic gold medal for at least eight years died on Wukesong Main Field Friday night, where irrepressible Cuba hit four home runs in a 10-2 victory that set up a gold-medal game with Korea.
Korea continued its magical unbeaten flight through the Summer Olympics by scoring four runs in the eighth and advancing to the gold medal game with a 6-2 victory over Japan on Friday at Wukesong Main Field.
As Olympic baseball gears up for the semifinal round to begin on Friday, MLB.com takes a quick look at each of the world's top teams: United States, Cuba, Korea and Japan.
After 10 scoreless innings, the U.S. Olympic baseball team broke through in the 11th inning under the extra inning tiebreaker rule, scoring four times on its way to a 4-2 victory over Japan on the final day of preliminary competition.
Harvey Schiller, president of the International Baseball Federation, said that work continues on returning baseball to the Summer Olympics in 2016.
The United States and Japan meet at 7 p.m. local time (7 a.m. ET) on Wednesday at the Wukesong Main Field to decide who plays Korea and who plays Cuba in the Summer Olympics semifinals.
Dexter Fowler went 3-for-3 with a triple and an RBI double, and John Gall added a solo home run as the U.S. Olympic baseball team earned a spot in the medal round with a 4-2 win over Chinese Taipei.
The United States can join unbeaten Cuba and Korea in the medal round of the Summer Olympics by claiming one of the two vacant berths with a victory today (7 a.m. ET) against Chinese Taipei. Mets farmhand Brandon Knight starts for the U.S.
Hit batsmen, home-plate collisions and ejections made for a somewhat tense game Monday in the U.S.'s 9-1 win against China.
Try on this scenario: the U.S. gets its wish of a rematch with Cuba to decide the gold medal at the Olympics, and Jayson Nix steps up to the plate in the late innings against Pedro Luis Lazo.
The Summer Olympics became U.S. vs. China in a hurry, at least from an overall competitive standpoint. Far more than that, these Games became world-binding.
Terry Tiffee doubled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the seventh, Brian Barden homered and tied the game with his seventh-inning double and the U.S. baseball team rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Canada 5-4 in Olympic baseball Saturday.
Rockies prospect Jayson Nix is out for the rest of the Summer Olympics, after being hit in the face while trying to bunt during the USA's 5-4 loss to Cuba on Friday.
They are two teams from bordering North American countries over here at the Summer Olympics, and one of them is about to be on the border of possible early elimination from the baseball competition.
Defending champion Cuba stayed unbeaten in the Olympic baseball tournament, beating the United States 5-4 in 11 innings.
Gene Orza, chief operating officer of the MLB Players Association, and John Ostermeyer, secretary general of IBAF, hope baseball will return to the Olympics.
On the west perimeter of China's capital city, in a district called Wukesong, there were bountiful, desolate acres of dirt and ambitious plans for three important baseball fields. The 2008 Summer Olympics would be played there.
Facing their toughest competition thus far in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the U.S. is set to take on Cuba, the defending gold medalists, on Friday at 11:30 a.m. local time (11:30 p.m. ET).
Stephen Strasburg flirted with a no-hitter and pitched seven scoreless innings, while Matt LaPorta hit a three-run homer as the United States rebounded with a 7-0 rout of The Netherlands on Thursday at the Summer Olympics.
Baseball and softball will be placed on the International Olympic Committee's disabled list after the Beijing Games, but Major League Baseball hopes it's a short stay.
Lee Jong-wook hit a sacrifice fly with one out as South Korea answered the Americans' ninth-inning rally with one of its own, beating the United States 8-7 on Wednesday night in a thrilling Olympic baseball opener.
Even Mark Newman, who is in Beijing for the Olympics, can follow David Ortiz on MLB.TV or get Video Alerts on his mobile phone. Such is the state of technology, allowing people all over the world to keep watching baseball.
The most striking thing about Beijing right now is the absolute and total takeover of attention on the Games and the making of new local legend where powerful dynasties once ruled. It is the first Olympiad allowed unto this massive nation, and its minions are riveted by the opportunity, engulfed in what is shaping up as the uber-competition of them all -- a heavyweight fight with the United States for most overall medals.
Michael Phelps, continuing in his bid to win every gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, has just been named the starting pitcher for the United States baseball team at 6 p.m. local time on Wednesday against Korea.
Olympic baseball has its share of subtle differences from the familiar Major League brand of ball, including unique extra-inning and mercy rules, different baseballs and pitch count limits.
Cuba, Japan and Korea are seen as the greatest competition to the U.S. but everyone involved is building this up as the most balanced Olympic field yet.
While the 2008 Summer Olympics play out in Beijing, Minor League reporter Lisa Winston takes a look at the top U.S. prospects and the young superstars who missed their bid at international stardom to make their Major League debuts.
President Bush made baseball the last stop on his tour of Olympic venues, and he spent time addressing the U.S. and Chinese teams.
"Amazing Awaits" is the U.S. theme for the Olympic Games, and the wait is almost over, as the U.S. opens play at 6 p.m. local time Wednesday against Korea.
The U.S. baseball team took batting practice and scrimmaged in shorts and T-shirts on a sweltering evening Saturday. The team has an exhibition scheduled at 9 a.m. local time Sunday against China, and rain is in the forecast at some point during the day.
After the Saturday stabbing of the relative of a U.S. volleyball coach, the US baseball team is awaiting instructions as to whether it will require additional security, though practices will continue as planned.
The Summer Olympics are officially under way, the cauldron flame has been lighted in a manner that will be talked about for generations, China has a lot of new friends and "The Greatest Show On Earth" lived up to its $100 million expectations on a sultry Friday night inside the incomparable Bird's Nest.
Brett Lawrie, Milwaukee's top pick in June's First-Year Player Draft, is one of 46 Minor Leaguers in the Olympic baseball tournament in Beijing.
The U.S. Olympic baseball team was spending the time leading up to the Olympics preparing to go for the gold while also soaking in the atmosphere surrounding the buildup to the Games.
Lauren Bay Regula, ace pitcher for Canada's women's softball team, has been keeping busy upon arriving in Beijing by following the fortunes back home of her brother, Jason Bay.
From Mark Spitz's astonishing performance in 1976 to Ben Sheets' Gold-producing shutout in 2000, the United States has a rich history of Olympic triumphs. As the world converges on Beijing, China, for the 2008 Summer Games, a wealth of new memories is sure to emerge.