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World Baseball Classic - Pool D - United States v Italy

Team Canada plays Team USA at 4 PM ET, with the winner advancing to the second round of the World Baseball Classic.

In what has to be considered a bit of a surprise, USA manager Joe Torre is sitting Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who has gone hit-less in the tournament.

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2013 World Baseball Classic Pool D - Game 4, Canada v. Mexico

In what can be considered a bit of a surprise, WBC officials have decided to not suspend any of the players involved in Saturday’s bench clearing brawl between Team Canada and Team Mexico.

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[Cursory statement condemning violence in all forms, specifically during normally genteel sporting events. Wailing appeals to think of our/the children.]


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World Baseball Classic- San Diego Day 2

With the score 4-1 in favour of Canada, Mexico outfielder Karim Garcia tried to make it just a two run deficit, but failed to do so after bowling over Canada catcher Chris Robinson.

The play was a big moment in what has to be considered a must win for both clubs, as Garcia never looked to be tagged on the play, nor did he ever touch home plate.

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Canada v Italy - World Baseball Classic - First Round Group D

It doesn’t take much to turn the tide of a game. It might appear that, in a game which was called in the name of mercy, that one pitch in the first inning made much of a difference. Team Canada simply looked overmatched against the Italian team, a sentence I didn’t think I’d ever have to type again.

The Canadian team failed to capitalize on the starting pitcher who, in the early going, looked overmatched against Canada’s lineup of left-handed batters, many of whom possess serious Major League credentials.

But things got bad for Canada in a hurry, starting with the first batter Canadian pitcher Shawn Hill faced. One call didn’t go Canada’s way and it set an afternoon of pain and suffering into motion.

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The wikipedia entry for Total Football describes it thusly:

“an influential tactical theory of association football in which any outfield player can take over the role of any other player in a team. It was pioneered by Dutch football club Ajax from 1969 to 1973, and further used by the Netherlands National Football Team in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.”

More than any other tactical strategy I can think of, the idea of Total Football perseveres. People who are not Ajax supports or fans of the Oranje know, or at least have an idea, of what Total Football represents.

Baseball does not have a parallel for Total Football, as it is baseball. It is tough to create a harmonious feeling of positionless freedom in a game built entirely on the idea of bookkeeping. But Andrelton Simmons did his country, and their cherished footballing ideals, proud while partaking in the newest Dutch passion: baseball aka honkbal.

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World Baseball Classic Photo Day - Canada

UPDATE 2: Lawrie is officially out of the tournament now.

UPDATE: Lawrie may now only miss one round of the tournament.


Bad news out of Arizona today, after Team Canada learned they will be without Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie for the first two rounds of the World Baseball Classic with a rib injury.

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