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The U.S. added two runs in the third, highlighted by Bustos' homer.
Four years ago in Greece, the U.S. were softball goddesses. They obliterated the tournament field, outscoring the other seven teams 51-1 to win their third consecutive gold medal. The Americans were hailed as "The Real Dream Team" after the U.S. men's hoops team fell flat on its high-profiled face and went home with a bronze.
With 10 players back from the '04 squad, the U.S. is expected to roll again.
However, the road to gold is paved with potential potholes as Japan, Australia, China and Canada all have enough talent to hang with the Americans.
Things should get much tougher for the U.S. on Wednesday when it faces longtime nemesis Australia. It will be a rematch of the gold-medal game in Athens, which the U.S. won 5-1.
In the tournament opener, Canada defeated Taiwan 6-1. Laura Bay Regula allowed just one hit in five innings and Megan Timpf drove in three runs for the Canadians, who scored just six runs while finishing fifth in '04.
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