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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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Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Cody Ross continues to be
hampered by a left camp injury, which manager Kirk Gibson admitted could cause
the offseason acquisition to begin the year on the disabled list, according to
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com.
Gibson notes that Ross seems to be recovering from his
injury slower than expected.
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Brandon Phillips grimaced as he chuckled about his travel plans.
He had hoped to accompany Team USA to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic in San Francisco. Instead, because the Americans were eliminated Friday night by Puerto Rico, he'll rejoin the Cincinnati Reds at spring training in Goodyear, Ariz.
''I didn't want to go back to Goodyear,'' Phillips...
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.
After Figueroa threw his last pitch to end the sixth inning, he leaped...
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The left-hander who threw 107 innings in the major leagues last season and is competing for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, allowed one run on nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. He struck out four.