Spring Fever: WBC Dominance
We've seen this sort of thing before during All-Star games. It's unsettling, unnerving, and just plain wrong. Yet, there's something about Yankees and Red Sox players high-fiving eachother that pulls on the heart strings. It's opposing sides united for the cause. It's a beautiful thing.
Even youngster Dustin Pedroia is in on it, hanging a poster of Derek Jeter’s deodorant ad in his locker.
After beating the Canadians 6-5 during their World Baseball Classic opener, Team USA went on to pound Venezuela Sunday evening with a 15-5 blowout.
Venezuela knocked out 13 hits but couldn't salvage their 3-2 lead past the sixth inning. They ended up with a disaster of an already suspect bullpen, exhausting four relievers on 11 batters that inning while fans begged for its manager and former infielder, Luis Sojo to take the hill. Eight runs later, the U.S. had a comfy lead.
Adam Dunn and Kevin Youkilis each homered for the second straight game, accounting for four of the five bombs seen in the team's first two contests. Mark DeRosa and Chris Iannetta contributed four RBIs a piece with Curtis Granderson and Ryan Braun each driving in a run as well.
Sadly, the Americans may have to go on without starting third baseman Chipper Jones, who left after three at bats with what is being described as a mild oblique muscle strain: the recurring injury which has kept him out of the batters box a few times over the last three seasons. Don't be surprised if the Atlanta Braves pull him from the tournament with just four weeks until Opening Day.
Team USA will play a meaningless game on Wednesday to determine seeding in the second round of the winner's bracket before heading out to face the winner of the losers -- either Italy or Canada -- on Monday night. Meanwhile, Venezuela will play the winner of Monday night’s Canada-Italy elimination game to determine who will join our boys in Miami, Florida.
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