World Baseball Classic
The Dominican Republic capped a dominant, unbeaten run through the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 win against Puerto Rico for the championship Tuesday night.
Late lineup addition Moises Sierra hit a tying RBI double in the fifth, Jose Reyes added a go-ahead single two batters later and the Dominican Republic reached the WBC final with a 4-1 win against the Netherlands on Monday night.
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.
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.
Upwards of 100,000 fans are expected to jam AT&T Park starting Sunday night for the finals of the World Baseball Classic.
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).
Mexico rebounded from a disappointing opening loss with a decisive 5-2 win over the Americans in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic on Friday.
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning and Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help Italy rally to beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of Pool D in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday.
Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson cruised through three innings, giving up only an infield single and a walk while striking out three.
San Francisco outfielder Andres Torres won’t play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic and will be sidelined for at least a week because of a strained oblique.