Dominican Republic Stays Unbeaten, Advances To Championship Game
SAN FRANCISCO—For four innings the favorite was on the ropes again during the World Baseball Classic semifinals. One night after upstart Puerto Rico held onto an early lead against Japan, [...]
Pawelek Pops Back Up As Dutch Team Reliever
All things considered, Mark Pawelek would rather be a baseball player. After all, he's tried working customer service as a gas station. He's tried being a door-to-door salesman. And he's tried baseball player.
Molina’s Presence, Japan’s Mistakes Central To Puerto Rico’s Victory
SAN FRANCISCO—Koji Yamamoto will have some explaining to do when his World Baseball Classic team gets back to Japan. Yamamoto faced the Japanese media alone Sunday night after his team [...]
Puerto Rico Goes On Without Vazquez
A WBC notebook focuses on Puerto Rico going on without top pitcher Javier Vazquez and in the draft era, and the Dominican Republic's reliance on its hard-throwing bullpen.
Japan Gets Comfortable With Pressure
Japan keeps its focus on winning the next WBC game, rather than worrying about winning a third straight Classic title.
Dominican Republic Stays Unbeaten, Wins WBC Pool 2
BY WALTER VILLA MIAMI—The Dominican Republic, the most efficient producer of baseball talent in the world, is on the hunt for its first WBC title. And, with the way the [...]
Semifinal Berth Represents Next Step For Honkbal
The Netherlands once was just happy to compete in major international tournaments. Now it expects to do well, and reaching the World Baseball Classic semifinals was just a natural progression.
Italy Fumbles Away Elimination Game To Puerto Rico
BY WALTER VILLA MIAMI—Italy spent much of the World Baseball Classic’s second round leading. But instead of a 2-0 record, the Italians are leaving Marlins Park winless. Puerto [...]