Ray Chang homered and drove in two runs and China beat Taiwan 4-1 on Saturday for its first win in the World Baseball Classic.
In Japan for an All-Star tour, baseball officials said Friday the sport will open an office in Beijing within a month to help promote the game in a nation that has a population of more than 1.3 billion.
The most dominant pitcher in Japanese baseball for the last eight seasons, Daisuke Matsuzaka had his path cleared when the Seibu Lions officially agreed to release the 26-year-old ace.
The baseball players' union might agree to drug testing along Olympic guidelines for a World Cup, which could lead to an agreement within a week to start a tournament before the 2005 season.
Seibu Lions shortstop Kazuo Matsui, a seven-time All-Star in Japan, said Monday at a news conference that he's decided to pursue a big league career in North America.