Matt Meyers

Grilli Fries Aussie Bats As Italy Rolls

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When the San Francisco Giants made Jason Grilli the fourth overall pick in 1997, it was with the expectation that he would be a front-of-the-rotation starter in the big leagues. While that has yet to happen, he dominated like one tonight as Italy enforced the mercy rule against Australia with 10-0 victory in seven innings behind dominant pitching from Grilli and Riccardo De Santis, and some powerful hitting from Mark Saccomano and Vince Sinisi.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

Ortiz, Beltre Hope Dominican Overpower Venezuela

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David Ortiz made himself a legend in Boston with his October performance, but he is adding to his legacy in March as well. The Dominican slugger put his stamp on the Pool D opener of the World Baseball Classic with a solo home run in the top of the first off of Venezuelan ace Johan Santana. He then sealed it with a two-run homer in the top of the ninth off of Carlos Hernandez, a lefthander brought in to face one hitter—Ortiz.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic: Let The Games Begin

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When plans for the World Baseball Classic were announced last summer, it was hard to find a baseball fan who wasn't drooling over the prospect of seeing an international competition of the highest order. But as details of the event gradually got hammered out, many attitudes in the press toward the event evolved from intrigue to insult. While the focus for many has been on the foibles of the event, for those paying attention many participants and fans have shown a lot of enthusiasm.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

Guerrero, Sabathia And Wagner Back Out Of WBC

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In a February conference call, Billy Wagner said he would throw inside to new teammate Carlos Delgado in the World Baseball Classic if he had to. He no longer has to worry about it. Saying he is not physically ready to compete, Wagner has removed himself from Team USA for the Classic along with Indians lefthander C.C. Sabathia, who was slated to be one of the team's four starters.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

Italy Announces Roster; Pedro Bows Out

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As the World Baseball Classic nears, the last-minute changes and announcements keep coming. Most notably, Mets righthander Pedro Martinez officially announced he will not be playing in the Classic for his native Dominican Republic. Originally, Martinez said he would not be available for the first round games but has now said he is out for the entire tournament.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic