1. World Baseball Classic: Prospects for the Majors—Part 2

    Last week, I highlighted players from eight World Baseball Classic teams and assessed their chances for playing Major League Baseball. In part two, I will continue with the five additional teams not named USA who did not make it to the final game...

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  2. World Baseball Classic: An American Gets In the Spirit of Asian Baseball

    The bedlam begins even before you enter the stadium. Although the gates have already opened and people are passing through relatively unhindered, a crush has formed just outside the main entrance...

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  3. World Baseball Classic, Round 1: Any Prospects for the Major Leagues?

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  4. World Baseball Classic: Puerto Rico Tops Pool D

    Last night, Puerto Rico shut out the Netherlands 5-0 on just six hits. None of the eight pitchers used by manager Jose Oquendo were challenged as they combined for 13 strikeouts...

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  5. World Baseball Classic: Mexicans Get Revenge on Australia, 16-1

    Mexico City was rocking last night as the last team to qualify for the second round of the 2009 WBC was decided in a lopsided rematch between Australia and host Team Mexico...

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  6. World Baseball Classic: Venezuela Beats US 5-3—But Who Cares?

    Last night Team Venezuela played to win. Team USA played to get their work in. Only 12,358 fans were in attendance at the Rogers Centre (no, there was no snowstorm). I don’t know how many of those were Venezuelan fans...

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  7. World Baseball Classic, Group B: Cuba Wins in Pinch, 5-4

    A pinch-hit two-run home run prevented Cuba from being the next victim in a World Baseball Classic that has featured incredible upsets. Backup catcher Yosbany Peraza—known in Cuba for his prodigious power stroke—saved the day...

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  8. World Baseball Classic: Venezuela Vanquishes Italy, 10-1

    In the end, Team Venezuela proved to be too much for Italy to handle. Last Saturday, Italy failed to score against Venezuela. Tonight, they couldn’t score until the seventh inning...

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  9. World Baseball Classic Shocker: Dutch Master Dominicans!

    Just a friendly little international tournament, right? Only a showcase for the best of the baseball world? Then why was my heart beating so hard? Nothing like a 0-0 tie in extra innings to get the blood pumping...

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  10. Italy-Canada Recap: Surprise Elimination

    The Rogers Centre was supposed to be Team Canada’s homecoming. After being sent packing by Team Italia, they may not be welcome there anymore. Team Canada may be guilty of looking past Italy and toward a match against Venezuela...

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  11. World Baseball Classic: South Africa Shows Great Improvement

    Sometimes even a loss can be rewarding. South Africa may have been beaten last night by Mexico, 14-3, but they won respect as a group that is working hard to learn the game...

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  12. Impressions of the WBC: Puerto Rico Overcomes Dutch Magic, 3-1

    Going into the bottom of the eighth inning, baseball fans everywhere had to be wondering if someone had cast a spell on the World Baseball Classic. The Netherlands, having upset the mighty Dominicans two days before, were leading Puerto Rico 1-0...

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  13. Impressions of the WBC: Korea 1, Japan 0 – Pitched Battle in Asia

    When is a game with only one run and 10 hits worth watching? When it is played between bitter rivals Japan and Korea. Every inning—tense. Every pitch—a battle. Fans in Tokyo have seen some great baseball in this 2009 World Baseball Classic...

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  14. Impressions of the WBC: Australia Has Extremely G'Day Against Mexico

    So the Netherlands upset the Dominican Republic, 3-2. That’s baseball. Anything can happen. But Australia beating Mexico 17-7 on 22 hits? Really? Let me tell you—These Aussies can play...

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  15. Impressions of the WBC: Cuba Barely Breaks a Sweat Vs. South Africa

    In the opening game for Group B of the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Cuba easily bested South Africa 8-1. Cuba’s 13-hit attack included six home runs, a new WBC single-game record...

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  16. Impressions of the WBC: Game C3—Team USA Pounds Venezuela 15-6

    Venezuelan manager Luis Sojo must have known it would end like this. He must have realized that he has only three All-Star-quality pitchers on his staff. He must have known that American bats would not be quiet for long...

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  17. Impressions of the WBC: Game D3—Team Dominicana Staying Alive

    The team from the Dominican Republic, upset yesterday by the Netherlands, easily defeated Team Panama 9-0, thus ensuring at least one more day of WBC play. Panama could not mount any kind of an attack, managing only six hits off five Dominican pitchers.

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  18. Impressions of the WBC: Game A5—Korea KO's China 14-0

    Team Korea has qualified for the second round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic with an easy 14-0 win over Team China. China’s lack of quality pitching, fielding, and hitting was apparent in this mismatch...

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  19. Impressions of the WBC: Game C2 – Venezuela Dominates Italy

    Team Italy played with hustle and desire, but in the end Venezuela’s talent was too much to overcome. Venezuela steamrolled to an easy 7-0 victory. Jose Lopez paced the 11-hit attack with two doubles and a single...

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  20. Impressions of the WBC: Canada-USA—Americans Win Neighborly Fence War

    Five bombs were launched in the Rogers Centre in yesterday’s game between Team USA and Team Canada. The hard-fought border skirmish saw the US withstanding the relentless Canadian charge and winning 6-5...

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  21. Impressions of the WBC: Game D2—Give Pudge Rodriguez a Job!

    What has a guy got to do to get hired these days? Pudge Rodriguez had a career night for Puerto Rico, leading them to a 7-0 defeat of Panama. Rodriguez had four hits and a walk, four RBI and two home runs...

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  22. Impressions of the WBC: Game D1—Dominicans Give Dutch a Treat

    Netherlands 3, Dominican Republic 2. Wow. Baseball cliches do come true. Some of my favorites are: “anything can happen in baseball”, “that’s why they play the games” and “the team that executes will win...

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  23. Impressions of the WBC: Game A4—Japan 14, Korea 2. Mercy!

    The powerful Japanese needed just seven innings to defeat Korea in the World Baseball Classic earlier today. The victory ensures Japan will be traveling to San Diego next weekend for the second round...

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  24. Impressions of the WBC: Game A3, China-Taiwan—Everybody Ray Chang Tonight!

    Good pitching and defense, timely hitting, and team speed propelled China over its rival, Taiwan, in a 4-1 victory that kept China’s hopes alive in the 2009 WBC. Oh, and having Kansas-born Raymond Chang on their team didn’t hurt, either...

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  25. WBC Briefs: Taiwan Vs. Korea, Game A2, Who's Looking Good?

    The second game played in the 2009 World Baseball Classic had more runs scored than the first game, but with only a bit more excitement. Here are my impressions. The team from Taiwan did not look much more experienced than the one from China...

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