Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 3/14/13
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 residents. The DR has neve...
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