Andrew Romine, slated to compete for the starting shortstop job with USA Baseball's Pan Am Qualifying team, instead got his first promotion to the major leagues Sunday. To replace him, USA Baseball added Pirates farmhand Chase d'Arnaud, The 23-year-old out of Pepperdine hit .247/.331/.377 at Double-A Altoona while helping the Curve win the Eastern League championship. He hit .290 with three homers in eight playoff games for Altoona.
Coincidentally, both shortstops have younger brothers (Austin Romine and Travis d'Arnaud) who are catchers and were drafted out of Southern California high schools in 2007.
Rain washed away Monday's scheduled six-inning exhibition between the U.S. and Canada, and another game is scheduled for noon Tuesday. Team USA won a pair of exhibitions Sunday before the rain arrived, beating Canada 3-1 and Puerto Rico 6-0. Catcher Erik Kratz (Pirates) hit a three-run homer to beat Canada while Todd Redmond (Braves) threw three scoreless innings, and Eric Hosmer (Royals) had a three-run triple in the victory against Puerto Rico.
All three teams leave this week for the Pan Am Qualifying Tournament, which functions as a qualifier for both the 2011 Pan Am Games and a future Baseball World Cup.