World Cup Ends With Rain Out For Team USA

Rain and poor field conditions forced the International Baseball Federation to cancel the World Cup Tournament’s Bronze Medal game this afternoon in Panama.  Team USA and Team Canada were tied with 4-3 records after Round Two.  The Federation declared both teams tied for third place in the final standings, though they have yet to decide what to do about actually awarding bronze medals.  Canada had a 6-1 record in Round One,...

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Team USA Defeats South Korea And Venezuela; Mercer Homers

USA  3,  South Korea  1 Three US pitchers combined to hold South Korea to just one run on 4 hits this afternoon in World Cub/Pan Am tournament Second Round play.  Matt Shoemaker (Angels) made the start for the US and hurled 5 shutout innings.  He allowed just a double over the first 4 of those innings.  In the 5th, with two outs, Shoemaker gave up a single and a walk, but ended the inning with a fly out. Team USA got off to a solid...

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Team USA Beats Australia In Pitching Duel

USA  2,  Australia  1 US starter Drew Smyly (Tigers) and Australian starter Clayton Tanner dueled through 5 scoreless innings this afternoon in World Cup/Pan Am tournament play.  Tanner allowed Team USA 4 hits scattered over the first 5 innings, while Smyly gave the Australians 4 hits in return.  Australia had 2 batters on base in the 4th after a pair of 2-out singles, but a grounder force out at second base ended the inning.  Jeff...

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Two Hits For Mercer, But Team USA Loses To Cuba

Cuba 8,  USA 7 SS Jordy Mercer was back in the lineup for Team USA, but even his two hits were not enough to help the US overcome Cuba. With Jeff Marquez (Yankees) on the mound for the US, Cuba got going with 3 runs in the bottom of the 1st.  Back-to-back singles opened the inning, then a wild pitch put both runners into scoring position.  A single up the middle drove in both runners, then two more singles loaded the bases, still with...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Position Recap: Shortstop

The Pittsburgh Pirates came in to the 2011 season looking for a long term option to emerge at the shortstop position.  They had signed Ronny Cedeno to a one year, $1.85 M deal, replacing his final year of arbitration.  The deal also included an option for $3 M in 2012.  Despite the option, the expectation at the start of the year was that Cedeno would be replaced by mid-season, and would be gone in 2012. Cedeno started out slow in...

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