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Alex Rios #51 of Puerto Rico is greeted by Mike Aviles #14 and the rest of the Puerto Rico team after he hit a two run home run that scored Aviles in the seventh inning of their game against Japan in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic at AT&T Park on March 17, 2013 in San Francisco. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Puerto Rico Eliminates Defending Champ Japan In WBC Semifinal At AT&T Park

Even with a roster devoid of major leaguers and a mere six months to prepare his club, Japan manager Koji Yamamoto still felt immense pressure to continue his country’s dominance in the World Baseball Classic.

03/18/2013

Fans of Team Japan waves their flags and a large fan while watching the game against Team Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic Semifinals at AT&T Park on March 17, 2013 in San Francisco. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Fans Pack AT&T Park For World Baseball Classic

Tens of thousands of baseball fans from around the world filled AT&T Park in San Francisco Sunday for the first semi-final round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

03/18/2013

United States' Adam Jones (10) celebrates his run scored against Team Canada with teammate Jimmy Rollins (11) in the 8th inning during a World Baseball Classic game on March 10, 2013 in Phoeniz, Arizona. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

KCBS Sports Fans: A Classic In Name Only

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s bombast to the contrary, the World Baseball Classic is little more than a transparent attempt to add some hype to the normally-lazy days of spring training (and you’ll note, I refuse to use the capital letters–Spring Training–that baseball has adopted in yet another effort to aggrandize itself).

03/11/2013

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