Jim Leyland - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Jim Leyland US edges Japan 2-1, advances to WBC championship game LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Gregerson's final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist. A daylong downpour couldn't dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will finally get to root for the home team in a World Baseball Classic championship game. ... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 06:26:00 GMT 2017-03-22T06:26:00Z Stanton's homer, Jones' leap carry US into WBC semifinals SAN DIEGO (AP) — The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam Jones. Stanton hit a go-ahead, two-run shot into the third-level balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. Buil... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:12:00 GMT 2017-03-19T07:12:00Z Puerto Rico beats United States 6-5 to advance to WBC semis SAN DIEGO (AP) — Puerto Rico is squeezing every bit of fun it can out of this World Baseball Classic. Come Monday night, the party moves on to Dodger Stadium. Yadier Molina and Puerto Rico advanced to the WBC semifinals after scoring four runs in the first inning and then holding on for a wild 6-5 win against the United States on Friday night. ... Sat, 18 Mar 2017 06:35:00 GMT 2017-03-18T06:35:00Z US team advances in WBC by beating Canada 8-0 MIAMI (AP) — The United States bounced back to move on. Nolan Arenado and Buster Posey homered and drove in three runs apiece to help Team USA shake off a deflating defeat and earn a berth in the second round of the World Baseball Classic by beating Canada 8-0 on Sunday night. The Americans finished 2-1 in pool play and rebounded after ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 03:26:00 GMT 2017-03-13T03:26:00Z WBC matters to players, but scheduling issues won't go away Victor Martinez was just starting spring training in Florida last month, and already he was feeling the pressure over the World Baseball Classic. "I don't know, man," the veteran slugger said softly. "I think they're going to have to find a different time to do this." The Detroit slugger is on the roster for Venezuela, which begins roun... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 20:44:00 GMT 2017-03-07T20:44:00Z MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says WBC on solid ground TOKYO (AP) — The commissioner of Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied reports that 2017 would be the last edition of the World Baseball Classic, saying the tournament is as popular as ever. The fourth edition of the tournament run by MLB and the players' association began in Seoul on Monday. Japan will kick off its campaign on Tuesday against Cuba at Tokyo Dome. ... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 11:10:00 GMT 2017-03-07T11:10:00Z A WBC tradition _ MLB teams worry about players getting hurt MIAMI (AP) — Honking horns, pulsing percussion and chanting crowds will transform Marlins Park into a Caribbean-style carnival this week for the World Baseball Classic. To major league teams, it sounds dangerous. WBC games are sure to inspire maximum effort by players eager to win for their country, which is exactly what worries their b... Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:13:00 GMT 2017-03-06T21:13:00Z Eyes on prize: Indians nervous about Miller pitching in WBC GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Here's a change or, ahem, a change-up: Andrew Miller has the Indians feeling nervous. The nastier-than-nasty left-hander, who makes his living fooling hitters and whose ability to pitch extended innings in October carried Cleveland to within one victory of a World Series title last season, will leave spring training next month to play for Team USA in t... Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-02-22T19:12:00Z Scherzer, Posey, McCutchen commit to play for US at WBC OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Chris Archer was so excited to pitch for the United States at the World Baseball Classic that he offered to recruit more players to join him. It's OK, general manager Joe Torre said, that's under control. In addition to Archer, the Tampa Bay Rays' ace right-hander, the U.S. will have NL Cy Young Award winner Max Sc... Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:28:00 GMT 2016-12-05T23:28:00Z