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The U.S. is 0 for 3 so far at World Baseball Classics as the Americans were eliminated from the 2013 tournament on Friday March 15 after dropping a 4-3 decision to Puerto and a 38-year-old pitcher named Nelson Figueroa. The right-hander led his teammates to their glorious win and will now head into the event’s semifinal stage. Figueroa said his team was the underdog and it motivated him and his teammates to show just how good they are.
The Americans were also beaten the night before by the Dominican Republic and they went 14 scoreless innings at one point as they struggled in their last two games. The U.S. has never made it to a final of the World Baseball Classic even though they’re usually one of the heavily favored teams. Joe Torre, the team’s manager said elimination games are a crapshoot and his players just couldn’t get anything going against Figueroa, who allowed just two singles and pitched six innings of shutout ball.
The U.S. came close in the eighth inning when they had t...
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MIAMI (AP) -- Once again, the United States could only watch as an opposing pitcher celebrated at the World Baseball Classic.
This time it was 38-year-old right-hander Nelson Figueroa, who became the pride of Puerto Rico on Friday night when he led his team into the semifinals and eliminated the Americans, 4-3.
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