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WBC Notes: Gregory Polanco Helps Dominican Republic to Next Round; USA Also Advances

Gregory Polanco had a strong first round in the WBC. Photo Credit: David Hague
WBC Notes: Gregory Polanco Helps Dominican Republic to Next Round; USA Also Advances
John Dreker

Four Pittsburgh Pirates saw action during the World Baseball Classic on Sunday, with at least one seeing their WBC run end in the first round.

Team USA took on Canada on Sunday night, needing a win to avoid a tiebreaker scenario on Monday. Eric Wood was the only Pirate in the starting lineup in this game, though Josh Harrison made his first appearance late in the contest. USA won 8-0 and advanced to the next round. Wood had a tough day, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and his second error. He finished up his WBC run with a 2-for-12 performance in three games. Harrison came in as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and flew out in his only at-bat. He remained in the game at second base.

Gregory Polanco played center field and went 2-for-4 with a walk on Sunday, as the Dominican Rep...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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