Baseball America

Team USA Improves To 5-0

Team USA reached double digits for the third time in five games to remain undefeated in the Pan Am Qualifier tournament in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. won its last three games against Colombia (13-6), the Dominican Republic (8-3) and Panama (10-2), defeating Panama on Wednesday. With Royals general manager Dayton Moore in attendance, lefthander Danny Duffy (Royals) got the victory with five innings of work, giving up four hits and one run.

Angels farmhand Mike Trout went 3-for-6 with a homer, two runs and three RBIs to pace the American offense, continuing his hot tournament. Trout is 9-for-16 (.563) through five games with six runs, four RBIs and that home run.

Team USA finished pool play undefeated and now gets a day off before moving into the medal round. It's scheduled to face Nicaragua on Friday, then in the following days plays Venezuela, Canada and Cuba to finish the round on Oct. 11.

Canada is in Pool B with Cuba and lost 4-2 to the Cubans on Tuesday despite seven strikeouts in five innings from Phillippe Aumont (Phillies). Yoennis Cespedes hit a bases-clearing double in the sixth to rally the Cubans from a 2-1 deficit. Cuba's 5-0 record was the best in Pool B.

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