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Teams makes preparations for second round

Mar 11, 2017

Teams makes preparations for second round

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Tokyo Dome was mostly silent, with only the sounds of practice ricocheting off thousands of empty seats at the Big Egg, as the 2017 World Baseball Classic took a day off to prepare for the final push to the championship round. Japan and Cuba, ...

Talented, youthful Dutch squad no longer a secret

Mar 11, 2017

Talented, youthful Dutch squad no longer a secret

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Wladimir Balentien, the affable slugging outfielder for the Netherlands and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, said he knew the young group of players darting around the infield for the Dutch during the World Baseball Classic four years ago were going to be special. Balentien saw ...

Americans rally past Colombia in 10th inning

Mar 11, 2017

Americans rally past Colombia in 10th inning

Retired manager Jim Leyland was back at his familiar perch on the dugout steps Friday night, looking tense as he watched his U.S. team go hitless until the sixth inning and flirt with a devastating defeat before pulling out a 10th-inning win in its ...

Sluggers ignite Australia in rout of China

Mar 9, 2017

Sluggers ignite Australia in rout of China

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Australia manager John Deeble laid out a simple game plan for his team after its loss to Japan on Wednesday. Beat China, beat Cuba and go to the second round. Luke Hughes homered and drove in four runs, Trent Dantonio had a two-run triple, ...

Israel improves to 3-0 at WBC

Mar 9, 2017

Israel improves to 3-0 at WBC

Nate Freiman’s RBI double sparked a three-run first inning on Thursday as Israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 to finish atop Pool A in the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 record. Zach Borenstein and Ryan Lavarnway also drove in runs in the first for ...