Saturday was as busy as we get in the World Baseball Classic, with four of the five games including players from the Pirates. The big game was Team USA against the Dominican Republic, which had four Pirates on the rosters, including the entire starting outfield. Three of the Pirates ended up staying on the bench the entire game, but there were a couple big days from the ones who played.
Team USA had a 5-0 lead over the Dominican Republic in the sixth inning, but ended up losing 7-5. Starling Marte was the only Pirate in the starting lineup, playing center field and batting eighth. He missed the opening game with ankle swelling, though you couldn't tell that in this game. He went 3-for-4 with a single, double and a solo home run in the 8th inning (shown below). Team USA won 3-2 on Friday...
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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.