Originally written March 18, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
For the first time in seven years and three iterations, the World Baseball Classic is going to have a new champion. Puerto Rico upset defending champion Japan 3-1 last night just two days after upsetting the United States, and as a result, their Cinderella run is going to take them all the way into the tournament's final game on Tuesday.    It's hard to imagine a bigger pitching mismatch than the one that opened this game up. Japan's starter, Kenta Maeda, is one of Nippon Pro Baseball's best pitchers, winning the 2010 Cy Young equivalent and considering a move across the Pacific to Major League Baseball. Puerto Rico sent Mario Santiago out to face Maeda. Santiago has an invite to Dodgers' camp this year, but otherwise he's been a minor leaguer in the Royals' system since 2005. It took him until 2012 to even hit the Triple-A level.  For one night in San Francisco, though, Maeda and Santiago were a wash. Santiago shut Japan down, allowing just...
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