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World Baseball Classic 2013: Day 11 Results, Recap and Analysis

After barely surviving the opening round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the United States is back in action on Tuesday night against Puerto Rico to begin Pool 2 play. The game highlights a three-game schedule for Day 11.

Also in action was the Netherlands, facing Japan for seeding purposes one day after upsetting Cuba to earn a spot in the semifinals. The day’s other game features Italy and the Dominican Republic in each nation’s Pool 2 opener.

Here’s a recap of all the action on Day 11, which will be updated throughout the day as the results roll in from Miami, where the second-round games are taking place in Team USA’s group.


Japan Defeats the Netherlands, 10-6

Japan took another positive step in its quest to win a third consecutive World Baseball Classic championship by withstanding a late rally from the Netherlands. The victory secures the top seed out of Pool 1 for the Japanese squad.

The game got off to a perfect start for the Netherlands. Andrelton Simmons, who was one of the heroes in the victory over Cuba, led off with a long home run. The Atlanta Braves shortstop has been one of the tournament’s most impressive players so far.

Things got ugly in the second inning for the surprise semifinalists, though. Japan brought 12 batters the the plate, scored eight runs, chased Dutch starter David Bergman and took firm control of the contest. It was the type of hitting performance that helped Japan win the first two WBC titles.

Designated hitter Shinnosuke Abe sparked the offensive explosion. Japan’s most dangerous hitter hit two homers in the inning, a lead-off shot and a three-run blast to cap the scoring, to further justify the pre-tournament hype he received.

Japan seemed to put it on cruise control from there, getting scoreless innings of relief from Hirokazu Sawamura, Masahiro Tanaka and Takeru Imamura.

Then, in the seventh inning, the Netherlands started to mount a comeback. Three straight batters reached base to start the frame, the third being Boston Red Sox prospect Xander Bogaerts, who drove home Curt Smith. Randolph Oduber added a sacrifice fly.

The rally continued in the eighth with three more runs for the Netherlands, cutting Japan’s lead to 8-6. Smith brought home a run on a groundout while Kalian Sams and Quintin De Cuba provided RBI singles for the Dutch.

Japan finally stopped the bleeding in the bottom of the inning, however, scoring two runs to pad its lead courtesy of a Hisayoshi Chono single. The Netherlands was silenced in the ninth inning by Kazuhisa Makita, giving Japan the 10-6 win.


The Dominican Republic Uses Late Rally to Down Italy, 5-4

After Edinson Volquez walked the first three batters he faced on Tuesday and Italy jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind Chris Colabello‘s three-run home run, things didn’t look good for the Dominican Republic.

Lucky for them, the stars came out in the late innings to save the day.

Jose Reyes homered and scored two runs, Robinson Cano added a jimmy-jack and Nelson’s Cruz’s broken-bat single to right field capped a three-run rally in the seventh inning to give the Dominicans the lead for good on Tuesday in Miami Marlins Ballpark.

Volquez reminded us all just how scary he can be during the early innings. His three walks to start the game got Italy off on the right foot, and after a sacrifice fly, Colabello cleared the bases to give the Italians an early jump on one of the WBC‘s favorites to win it all.

But the Dominicans responded as the game went on, particularly by chipping away at the 4-0 lead and using their bullpen to complete shut down the Italian offense. After Volquez left after 4.1 innings, the bullpen allowed just one hit and three baserunners. Pedro Strop gets the win (his second of the WBC) while Fernando Rodney worked around a one-out walk to get a Drew Butera to ground into a double-play to end the game.

The Dominicans will now grab some momentum heading into the winner’s game of Pool 2, as they will now await the victor between Puerto Rico and the United States—scheduled to be held on Tuesday night.


USA defeats Puerto Rico, 

After Jimmy Rollins and Brandon Phillips began the game by grounding out to short, Ryan Braun got on with a two-out walk. Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer wasted no time in blasting a double to deep center, thus bringing in the first run of the game.

For five innings, that’s all Gio Gonzalez would need.

Gonzalez was superb for 5.0 innings, allowing three hits, no runs and striking out five batters in the process. The Washington Nationals ace allowed just two opponents to reach second base in that time.

Intra-division rival and New York Mets third baseman David Wright rewarded Gonzalez for his efforts.

Wright grounded into a fielders choice with the bases loaded in the third inning. In a game-defining moment, however, Wright beat out the throw to first and allowed Phillips to cross home plate and make it 2-0.

Two innings later, Wright struck again. This time, he hit a single to right field that scored Rollins and made it 3-0.

Gonzalez exited with a potential win in tact.

In the sixth inning, Irving Falu hit a one-out single. Jeremy Affeldt quickly responded by forcing Alex Rios to ground into an inning-ending double-play—a play that summed up Puerto Rico’s efforts.

This was a trend for nearly two full innings, as neither team managed to get on the scoreboard. Fortunately for the U.S., Adam Jones drove in Eric Hosmer and brought the lead to 4-0 to support this masterful pitching performance.

In the 8th inning, however, Angel Pagan cut the lead to 4-1 with an RBI groundout. Jesus Feliciano scored on the play and had many thinking that Puerto Rico would finally make their comeback.

Until Mr. Wright struck again.

With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Wright launched a Xavier Cedeno pitch over Pagan’s head. Rollins, Braun and Mauer would all score as Wright pulled up with a double.

His fifth RBI of the game gave Team USA a 7-1 lead—an advantage that they would not lose

For the top of the ninth, reigning MLB Rolaids Relief Man award winner Craig Kimbrel came on to close things out. After allowing Yadier Molina to crack a one-out single, Kimbrel put Puerto Rico away.

Phillips flips it to Rollins, Rollins throws it to Hosmer and it’s over—team USA wins.

The Americans will now play the Dominican Republic on Mar. 14. Puerto Rico will play Italy in an elimination game.

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Los Angeles Dodgers: Full Overview of Dodgers Farm System and Prospects for 2013

The times are indeed changing for the Los Angeles Dodgers

After seeing the once-proud franchise rot under the ownership of Frank McCourt, the Dodgers find themselves in the enviable position of having a new pack of owners with deep pockets who are willing to spend at all costs to bring a championship back to Los Angeles. 

However, as great as it is on paper to see a team spending a lot of money, baseball fans know all too well that just because you hand out cash like it’s going out of style doesn’t guarantee you anything. 

All of the moves that have been made in the last nine or so months have certainly upgraded the big-league team, and the Dodgers are in a good position to compete for a playoff spot. 

The farm system is still pitching heavy, especially at the top. The team did try to bring in some high-upside position players by signing Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a huge contract and drafting Corey Seager in the first round of last year’s draft. 

The Dodgers’ focus in 2013 certainly won’t be on the farm system, partly because of all the money spent on the big-league team and partly because the impact players are in the lower levels of the minors, but there is talent to be found. 

Here is a full look at the Dodgers’ system heading into 2013, as well as a look at the top prospects, a breakout prospect to watch and a prospect who could make an impact in the big leagues. 


Note: All stats and ages courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. 

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Josh Hamilton Free Agency: Latest Rumors on Orioles, Brewers & More

With every day that passes, more and more free-agent rumors start to swirl about.

Josh Hamilton is far from exempt from these rumors. After having made his demands last week of a seven-year $175 million contract, several teams have either had their interest peaked or have shied away completely.

Hamilton is a fascinating case. He is a prolific baseball talent whom has been haunted by his personal demons in the past. He is in what many consider to be in the latter portion of his prime while seeking a long-term big-money contract.

Sure enough, someone will pay the man.

Here’s the latest on some teams that have been tied to Hamilton recently.

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Zack Greinke Free Agency: Latest Rumors on Angels, Rangers & More

During the free agency winter of 2012, there is no more sought after starting pitcher than Zack Greinke.

While he has made no public declaration of exactly what he is seeking in terms of contract, one thing is certain: it will be sizeable.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman and an “unnamed expert source” collaborated on an article to predict what the top free agents will sign for.

Heyman believes Greinke will received six years and $150 million while his expert source agrees with the six years, he foresees a $147 million contract.

In other words, somewhere between $24.5 and $25 million annually.

Should he end up receiving that type of contract, Greinke would be one of the top five earning players in Major League Baseball. Dependent upon the structure of the contract, the only starting pitcher that could earn more in 2013 is Johan Santana.

Not bad for a player with a career 3.77 ERA and a 1.247 WHIP.

Here is the latest on his suitors.

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Los Angeles Angels Trade Rumors: Latest Updates and Reaction

Now that the month of July has arrived, so too has the uptick in speculation that always seems to lead to rumors.

Rumors in the world of Major League Baseball are what fans grasp onto like barbecue sauce on a char-broiled steak. As each rumor swirls around the web and grows like a weed, it’s hard to discover the difference between truth and fiction.

Fortunately, for fans of the Los Angeles Angels, you now have a place to come to in order to find out what’s real and what’s fake.

Over the next month, we will work to provide you with all of the latest information concerning your Angels—we’ll break down each new bit of information as it’s presented on the web, provide analysis for each rumor and transaction that involves the Angels and weed through all of the rumors/speculation/banter and determine whether they’re valid or just a bunch of hooey.

Bookmark this link, Angels fans. There’s no need to go anywhere for the latest in trade rumors and news—we’ll keep you updated right here!

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2012 MLB Draft Order: Date, Time, Live Stream and Full Order

The MLB draft tends to get overlooked since most of the focus gets placed on its NFL and NBA counterparts. But just like those other drafts, it’s a monumental event for prospects. It’s the start of their journey toward the big leagues.

This year’s most coveted players include Stanford pitcher Mark Appel and five-tool high school outfielder Byron Buxton. Lucas Giolito, Kevin Gausman and Deven Marrero are among the other names that are expect to get called early.

Here’s a look at all the key information for the first round and its supplemental picks. The draft will last through Wednesday with a total of 40 rounds, down from 50 in previous years.


When: Monday, June 4 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: MLB Network’s Studio 42

Watch: MLB Network

Live Stream: MLB.com


First Round Order

1. Houston Astros

2. Minnesota Twins

3. Seattle Mariners

4. Baltimore Orioles

5. Kansas City Royals

6. Chicago Cubs

7. San Diego Padres

8. Pittsburgh Pirates

9. Miami Marlins

10. Colorado Rockies

11. Oakland Athletics

12. New York Mets

13. Chicago White Sox

14. Cincinnati Reds

15. Cleveland Indians

16. Washington Nationals

17. Toronto Blue Jays

18. Los Angeles Dodgers

19. St. Louis Cardinals

20. San Francisco Giants

21. Atlanta Braves

22. Toronto Blue Jays

23. St. Louis Cardinals

24. Boston Red Sox

25. Tampa Bay Rays

26. Arizona Diamondbacks

27. Milwaukee Brewers

28. Milwaukee Brewers

29. Texas Rangers

30. New York Yankees

31. Boston Red Sox


Supplemental First Round Order

32. Minnesota Twins

33. San Diego Padres

34. Oakland Athletics

35. New York Mets

36. St. Louis Cardinals

37. Boston Red Sox

38. Milwaukee Brewers

39. Texas Rangers

40. Philadelphia Phillies

41. Houston Astros

42. Minnesota Twins

43. Chicago Cubs

44. San Diego Padres

45. Pittsburgh Pirates

46. Colorado Rockies

47. Oakland Athletics

48. Chicago White Sox

49. Cincinnati Reds

50. Toronto Blue Jays

51. Los Angeles Dodgers

52. St. Louis Cardinals

53. Texas Rangers

54. Chicago Cubs

55. Toronto Blue Jays

56. Cincinnati Reds

57. San Diego Padres

58. Toronto Blue Jays


Order courtesy of MyMLBDraft.com.

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