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Approximately 44,000 screaming Mexicans packed Chase field as the United States took on team Mexico in round one of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. All the star power (with the exception of Adrian Gonzalez and Sergio Romo) was on the American side, but the fans and final score went to Mexico.
US starter R.A. Dickey struggled early, especially when trying to throw his knuckleball. The choice for the team USA ace was an odd one after all, considering all the first round games will be played in a dome, where there is little wind to make the knuckler dance. Mexican starter Yovani Gallardo had no such problems and was dominant through three innings.
Overall, almost every pitcher struggled with control and impatience is what really killed team USA. On separate occasions, both Brandon Phillips and Joe Mauer swung at balls far out of the strike zone while in a hitter's count. Situations like these went far to kill many chances at a rally as the Americans stranded eight runners...
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Many big-name pitchers found reason to say no to the World Baseball Classic. R.A. Dickey was an automatic yes.
The knuckleball master, winner of the NL Cy Young Award with the New York Mets last season now plying his unorthodox trade with Toronto, made it known before anyone asked him that he wished to play.
Now he will start for the United States in its WBC opener Friday night...
So, Sergio Romo blew the save and Mexico lost a shocker to Italy.
Well, he kinda blew it. Here’s the play.
Well, it was blown even without the drop. Deep fly ball to left with a man on third and one out, the game would’ve been tied.
Yeah, but that’s tied, not lost. I mean, come on, the left fielder should’ve had that ball!
Yeah, but Romo shouldn’t have given up...
PHOENIX The Dodgers, who already have a big Latino fan base, may have picked up even more Mexican fans Friday night.
Dodgers Luis Cruz and Adrian Gonzalez, playing third base and first base and batting third and fourth for Mexico, drove in all five runs as Mexico defeated the United States, 5-2, in a World Baseball Classic game at Chase Field.
Mexico, upset by Italy in its opener...
Heading into the 2013 season, there are a lot of players across the league that for whatever reason, have a lot to prove. They may have had a breakout 2012 that people are doubting is a barometer of their true talent level, they may have dealt with injuries in 2012 and people are wondering if he can bounce back, or they might have just had a bad year and there are questions about...
PHOENIX (AP) -- A fierce brawl that saw Alfredo Aceves and several players throw nasty punches erupted Saturday in the ninth inning of Canada's 10-3 romp over Mexico in the World Baseball Classic in a melee that also involved fans.
The fights broke out after Canada's Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch from Arnold Leon with Canada leading 9-3 at Chase Field, home of the Arizona...
Credit: Steven Robles – SF Giants Rumors
Today is the first day of cuts in Spring Training for the San Francisco Giants. They’ve sent pitchers Fabio Castillo, Edward Concepcion, Justin Fitzgerald, Jose Valdez, Josh Osich, infielder Joe Panik and catcher Andrew Susac to Minor League Camp, says Giants Beat Writer Chris Haft (via Twitter).
In another Haft tweet, he says infielder...
Amid the chaos that took place at Chase Field on Saturday, Canadian coach and former major league All-Star Larry Walker emerged as a peacekeeper.
Mexico and Canada came to blows during their World Baseball Classic clash, and things really got ugly. Both sides threw punches, which immediately increased the risk of injury.
Walker tried to restore order, though, first by grabbing Mexico...
Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, seven pitchers handcuffed United States hitters all night and Mexico rebounded from a disappointing opening loss with a decisive 5-2 win over the Americans in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic on Friday.
Coming off a last-inning loss to Italy, Mexico (1-1) tagged US starter R.A. Dickey for four runs in the first three innings,...
Luca Panerati is slated to start for Team Italy Saturday night against Team USA, in a game that could eliminate the Americans from the World Baseball Classic.
A brief bio: Panerati was born in Grossetto, Italy. He pitched in the Cincinnati farm system from 2008 until 2011, when he was released. The 23-year-old left-hander spent last season in his homeland, pitching for Bologna of...
Josh Johnson faced a split squad Braves team in Florida yesterday. But he still had to face the two Upton brothers and Heyward. The results were about as impressive as you could ask for. He pitched three and two-thirds innings and yielded no hits and no walks and struck out five. He has yet to walk a batter this spring and his strikeout to walk ratio is eight to zero. Yes, it is...
Andy Martino of the Daily News, asks a thought-provoking question in his column this morning:
Would you have rather traded Jonathon Niese, instead of R.A. Dickey, to Toronto for Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard?
Turns out that the Mets had that choice according to Martino.
While Niese faced Team Venezuela Wednesday in Port St. Lucie, two people with direct knowledge of last...
Team USA has a lineup full of MVPs and All-Stars, and sent out the reigning NL Cy Young winner for its opening game of the World Baseball Classic.
All those hitters couldn't do much of anything against Mexico's string of pitchers and the Cy Young winner fell flat.
Now the Americans have to win or they could be headed home after the opening round for the first time at the...
Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off San Francisco Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning and Jason Grilli escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom half to help Italy rally to beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of Pool D in the World Baseball Classic on Thursday.
Romo (0-1) entered to a loud ovation from the Mexican fans, but gave up three hits, the last a fly ball by...
Tonight, the American World Baseball Classic team will take on Mexico in their first game (and the third game overall) of round one in Pool D. First baseman, Adrian Gonzalez is Mexico's lone superstar setting up what should be a fairly easy win for team USA. The timing of the game will aid the U.S. even more as the American's ace, knuckle-baller, R.A. Dickey will be going...
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Day 3 is bleeding into today.
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#7 Sergio Romo vs. #10 Matt Kemp
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#2 Al Hrabosky vs. #15 David Ortiz
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