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Cuba Holds Off Puerto Rico To Reach Semifinals

Eric Edwards -

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

Tiebreaker Rules May Vex Team USA

J.J. Cooper -

Team USA could be eliminated before it plays another game. Because of a quirk in the scheduling, Japan plays two more games before the U.S. plays its pool finale against Mexico. If Japan beats Mexico by any margin in Tuesday night's game, then beats Korea in Wednesday's game in a relatively low-scoring affair, the U.S. would be eliminated, as the first tiebreaker in case of a three-way tie is runs allowed in common games.

International | #2006#International Affairs#Olympics

World Baseball Classic Notebook

Eric Edwards -

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