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Lest Team USA be accused of not playing to win the World Baseball Classic, consider the gamesmanship involved in the Americans' latest roster decision.
When Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez withdrew from the tournament Friday because of a shoulder injury, USA needed to find another relief pitcher. They chose Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander David Hernandez.
On one level, the selection wasn't curious at all: The Sacramento-born Hernandez was one of the top setup men in the National League last year, compiling a 2.50 ERA in 72 appearances.
The intrigue has to do with the fact that, until very recently, Hernandez was on the roster of Mexico -- which the U.S. plays in its first game Friday.
What happened? Well, Brad Ziegler -- Hernandez's teammate with the Diamondbacks -- tweeted that Hernandez was informed Friday that he wouldn't be able to pitch for Mexico because he was generationally too far removed from a Mexican-born ancestor. It seems Hernandez received that news at almost exactly the same time Perez was dropped from the U.S. roster.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Team Mexicos loss was Team USAs gain, as Diamondbacks right-hander David Hernandez switched teams for the World Baseball Classic on Saturday in an eligibility snafu.
Originally scheduled to pitch for Mexico, Hernandez found out Friday that his family tree did not go back far enough for him to qualify. But when Cleveland reliever Chris Perez was a late scratch...
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