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USA Sends Underwhelming Team To World Cup

John Manuel -

Baseball has had a World Cup tournament since 1938. Apparently, that history matters most to the Mets and Davey Johnson. Johnson, the longtime big league manager, will skipper Team USA at the World Cup that begins Friday in the Netherlands. His roster of minor leaguers—mostly from affiliated ball but with two independent leaguers—has precious little premium talent, aside from a pair of Mets.

International | #2005#International Affairs#World Cup

Brewers Nab Top Dominican Talent

John Manuel -

The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known for being a big player in the international marketplace for players. The organization wants that to change. In July, scouts in Latin America reported that righthander Rolando Pascual was the best unsigned talent in the Dominican Republic.

International | #2005#International Affairs

Team USA Wins Revenge Game

Jack Magruder -

In a rematch of their 2003 Olympic qualifier in Panama, the United States and Mexico again took a tie game into the ninth inning. This time, the U.S. got the hit that mattered, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia (Braves) grounded a single to right field to drive in Brad Snyder (Indians) from third base in the last of the ninth for a 5-4 victory in the second game of CONCEBE Regional Olympic qualifying tournament Wednesday.

International | #2005#International Affairs#Olympics