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Canada qualifies for 2013 WBC

AFP-JIJI

Chris Robinson, Adam Loewen and Jimmy Van Ostrand smacked home runs to lead Canada over Germany 11-1 on Monday to win a four-nation qualifying tournament for next year’s World Baseball Classic.

Canadian pitcher Andrew Albers allowed the hosts only one hit in six innings for the victory in advancing to the 16-team field for next March’s global showdown of top talent, including North American Major League Baseball players.

Also advancing from a qualifying tournament was Spain, which edged Israel 9-7 in 10 innings to advance at Jupiter, Florida. South Africa and France were eliminated there while Britain and the Czech Republic were ousted in Germany.

Taiwan and Panama are set to host qualifying events in November to decide the final two teams in the tournament.

New Zealand, Thailand and Philippines will challenge Taiwan in Asia, while Panama will host Nicaragua, Colombia and Brazil.