2013 World Baseball Classic
The US takes on Puerto Rico in a battle of brothers tonight at 7:00. This afternoon, the Dominican Republic came from behind to beat Italy. Earlier, Japan topped the Netherlands for a number-one seed in the semi-finals.
Four more WBC games were played Sunday; two for high stakes and two for pride. Team USA avoided embarrassment with a late rally against Canada. Japan hit six home runs to keep their quest for three straight WBC titles alive.
A historically-ugly baseball brawl ensued after Mexican pitcher Arnold Leon drilled Rene Tosoni in the top of the ninth inning of a Canadian victory. The Dominican Republic held on against Spain and Cuba eliminated Chinese Taipei from the tournament
The Big Red Machine from Cuba fell to the Little Orange Engine that could. Italy gets a late "double" from Anthony Rizzo to beat Mexico and the match-up between Venezuela and the Dominican Republic fizzled as the Dominican bats were too much.
Japan and Chinese Taipei are close to locking up trips to the second round and Korea, even without playing, is in a whole mess of trouble. Brazil was pretty much eliminated by a Cuban team that looked to have a lot of major league quality talent.