Found March 14, 2013 on
Tonight the United States faces the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic. The winner is guaranteed spot in the Championship Round, while the loser will have to face Puerto Rico in the losers' bracket.
The third edition of the tournament has lived up to the title of a classic. There has been no shortage of story lines so far. Italy's improbable run ended last night after the Italians blew their second consecutive lead in the late innings. Europe's other baseball power the Dutch will join Japan in the Championship Round after upsetting Cuba. Über-prospect Jurickson Profar will be joining the Netherlands before their semi-final matchup. The brawl between Mexico and Canada showed that the players are indeed taking this tournament seriously.
Tonight's matchup of the world's two largest baseball powers on paper is not without story lines either. The Dominican Republic is sometimes referred to as The Republic of Baseball by its reside...
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Jurickson Profar, who debated whether or not to play in the World Baseball Classic throughout the early part of spring training, has been added to the roster for the Netherlands for the final round.
The Dutch team is scheduled to play Monday in the championship round at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Profar originally planned to play for the Dutch team to start the WBC but opted...
So, does Jurickson Profar look ready for the major leagues?
Ian Kinsler smiled.
"I could be honest with you, and it would probably make headlines," Kinsler said. "That's not really something I'm looking for, to make headlines. He's obviously a very talented player. He's done a lot of good things in camp. And he's worked hard. That's really...
Thanks in large part to both Mike Trout and Bryce Harper taking baseball by storm last season, this 2013 class of rookies will have a ton of pressure on them to succeed right away. Leading the way as the most likely start is Jurickson Profar. Can the talented shortstop for the Rangers really match the level of those two just a season ago?
Profar made an immediate splash in the majors...