Friday, March 10, 2006
Do Or Die For Team USA Today
America's team in the World Baseball Classic skates into a do-or-die game to get into the playoffs. Canada gets clobbered by Mexico, 'gracias' ... saving USA chances for today's game against baseball powerhouse - South Africa!
USA! USA! USA!
Roundup: One second round spot left
By Josh Weinfuss / Special to MLB.com
Five countries had their second-round tickets punched in the inaugural World Baseball Classic on Thursday, and one more -- Team USA -- is on the outside, almost in.
Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela all advanced with wins, and Team Puerto Rico moved to the second round by process of elimination. And with a win Friday over South Africa, Team USA would become the final team in the next round, joining Mexico and Pool A teams Japan and Korea at the next stop in Anaheim.
Leading the American charge will be one of the game's all-time greats. Roger Clemens will take the mound at Scottsdale Stadium on Friday against South Africa in what could possibly be the last start of his illustrious 22-year career.
Friday, March 10, 2006 2:09:00 PM
U.S. makes quick work of South Africa
Team USA pulls off 17-0 rout, advances to Classic's next round
By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com