Eric Edwards

Cuba Holds Off Puerto Rico To Reach Semifinals

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Cuba's big red mystique grew even larger on Wednesday night. The reigning kings of international baseball proved they belong on the biggest stage, avenging their second-ever knockout loss by scoring an improbable 4-3 victory over Puerto Rico at the inaugural World Baseball Classic, assuring their passage into the final four of this 16-country tournament.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic Notebook

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Albert Pujols said he is already looking forward to representing the Dominican Republic at the next World Baseball Classic in 2009. Dominican manager Manny Acta would like to see the spring exhibition season moved up so the players would have a more game experience before the tournament begins. Yuliesky Gourriel practiced with Cuba on Tuesday and will be in the lineup against Puerto Rico. Bob DuPuy, President and Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball said that he discussed with officials from MB Sports the prospect of bringing more games to San Juan, either this season, or beyond.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic