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Japan's players threaten WBC boycott

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TOKYO (AP)

Japan's professional baseball players association has threatened to boycott the 2013 World Baseball Classic because calls for a larger share of tournament revenue weren't met.

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Japan is the tournament's two-time defending champion but its players' union isn't satisfied with how the revenue is distributed among the participating nations. The tournament is organized by Major League Baseball.

Japanese players made similar threats before the 2009 tournament but eventually took part to defend the title they won in the inaugural tournament in 2006. While most of Japan's team is made up of players from Nippon Professional Baseball, players from the major leagues such as Daisuke Matsuzaka and Ichiro Suzuki have taken part in past tournaments.

A total of 28 countries are scheduled to participate in the 2013 WBC.

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