International baseball - the best personalized free web-based Email en en International baseball LEADING OFF: Stroman coming off WBC MVP; Harvey, Tebow debut A look at what's happening all around the majors today: HEAD START Marcus Stroman makes his season debut for Toronto after winning MVP honors with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic last month. Stroman was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts for the United States, including six dominant innings during an 8-0 win ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 06:57:00 GMT 2017-04-06T06:57:00Z Lindor slam gives AL champ Indians opening sweep of Rangers ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Francisco Lindor's go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning off suddenly shaky Texas closer Sam Dyson triggered a litany of firsts for Cleveland's budding star shortstop. And that list of milestones was a lot more fun to talk about than his botched defensive play that jeopardized the Indians' bid at a season-opening sweep. ... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 04:56:00 GMT 2017-04-06T04:56:00Z Mets' Matz has tender elbow, status for opening day in doubt New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt. Matz had been scheduled to throw Monday in a minor league game. "There's a little irritation, and he's got to work that out," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday. "We ... Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:31:00 GMT 2017-03-27T00:31:00Z Jones back with Orioles after winning World Baseball Classic Adam Jones provided perhaps the best highlight of the World Baseball Classic, when he took a home run away from Manny Machado with a spectacular catch in center field. Now Jones and Machado are just teammates again. "Pretty cool catch, pretty great moment," Jones said. "Sorry it had to be my boy Manny, but it's part of the game, part of... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 01:52:00 GMT 2017-03-26T01:52:00Z Royal Returns: KC's Duffy, Perez back in Cactus League Danny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training. Following a stint with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic, Duffy allowed three runs over six innings for the Kansas City Royals in a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners. It was Duffy's first start with the Royals since March 5 because of the international tournament. ... Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:05:00 GMT 2017-03-25T03:05:00Z US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC behind dominant Stroman LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one of its large w... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:13:00 GMT 2017-03-23T11:13:00Z 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 Yankees SS Didi Gregorius out 6 weeks; Bonds rejoins Giants New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season after straining his right shoulder while away at the World Baseball Classic. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay. Grego... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:53:00 GMT 2017-03-22T05:53:00Z Yankees shortstop Gregorius hurts shoulder, return uncertain New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit." The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at Tampa Bay. ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 06:49:00 GMT 2017-03-21T06:49:00Z Marlins 3B Prado likely to miss opener with hamstring injury Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado is expected to miss the start of the regular season after straining his right hamstring at the World Baseball Classic. Marlins manager Don Mattingly already has ruled out Prado playing in any exhibition games. "Obviously, it's never good, but I'm encouraged it's a Grade 1," Mattingly said Sunday ... Mon, 20 Mar 2017 05:06:00 GMT 2017-03-20T05:06:00Z 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 wins 6th straight in WBC, routs Venezuela 13-2 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Carlos Correa, Carlos Beltran and Team Puerto Rico are heading up the freeway in fine shape. Already assured a spot in the World Baseball Classic semifinals, Puerto Rico beat Venezuela 13-2 Saturday for its sixth straight tournament win. Mike Aviles got four hits and drove in three runs to pace the team's 17-hit attack at Petco Park. ... Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-03-19T00:07:00Z 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 Cruz, Polanco homer to lift Dominican Republic to 3-0 win SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Dominican Republic took a step toward a repeat title in the World Baseball Classic thanks to impressive home runs by Nelson Cruz and Gregory Polanco. The Dominicans also got some nice pitching in a 3-0 victory Thursday night that pushed Venezuela to the brink of elimination. "We understand the importance of this gam... Fri, 17 Mar 2017 07:07:00 GMT 2017-03-17T07:07:00Z Jones, Hosmer homer to lift US to 4-2 win vs Venezuela SAN DIEGO (AP) — On a night when well-hit balls died on the warning track, Petco Park finally yielded to a hometown favorite and the All-Star Game MVP. Adam Jones hit a tying home run leading off the eighth inning and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot three batters later as the United States rallied to beat Venezuela 4-2 on Wednesday night in the second round of the World Bas... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:53:00 GMT 2017-03-16T05:53:00Z Gonzalez criticizes WBC organizers over Mexico elimination GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez had some harsh words for organizers of the World Baseball Classic. "They're trying to become the World Cup, but they're not even close to being the Little League World Series," the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman said Wednesday. Gonzalez's Mexican team beat Venezuela 11-9 Sunday in Guadalajara, l... Thu, 16 Mar 2017 01:50:00 GMT 2017-03-16T01:50:00Z Reprieve! Venezuela still alive in WBC after loss to Mexico GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Venezuela got a major reprieve at the World Baseball Classic. After thinking they had been eliminated with an 11-9 loss to Mexico early Monday, Venezuela players were informed in the locker room that they could still advance thanks to a tiebreaker. Despite the victory, Mexico was the team eliminated. Venezuela... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 10:45:00 GMT 2017-03-13T10:45:00Z 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 Royals catcher Perez set for test on knee injured in WBC SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez is set for another test on his left knee after getting injured in a collision with Royals backup catcher Drew Butera in the World Baseball Classic. Perez is returning to the Royals' spring training camp on Monday and will have an MRI. The four-time All-Star and 2015 World Series MVP was hurt Saturd... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-03-13T01:27:00Z Molina criticizes MLB over security concerns at WBC GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals star Yadier Molina has criticized Major League Baseball and the local authorities for a lack of security around the families of Puerto Rico's players at the World Baseball Classic. A fight broke out in the stands Saturday night before the ninth inning of the game between Puerto Rico and Mexico at the Charros ... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:15:00 GMT 2017-03-13T00:15:00Z Correa homers, Puerto Rico advances in WBC, beats Italy GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — Carlos Correa hit a three-run homer, and Puerto Rico qualified for the second round of the World Baseball Classic with a 9-3 victory against Italy on Sunday. Correa connected in the fourth inning, belting a drive to left-center to make it 7-3. The Houston Astros star also walked twice and scored two runs. Enri... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:08:00 GMT 2017-03-13T00:08:00Z Israel beats Cuba 4-1 to improve to 4-0 at WBC TOKYO (AP) — Israel took advantage of timely hits and solid pitching on Sunday to beat Cuba 4-1 and improve to 4-0 in the World Baseball Classic. Alfredo Despaigne put Cuba up 1-0 with a solo home run in the second inning at Tokyo Dome but Israel tied the game in the fourth on a double by Ryan Lavarnway that scored Ike Davis from first. ... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 15:19:00 GMT 2017-03-12T15:19:00Z Venezuela's Salvador Perez done in WBC with knee injury GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) — All-Star catcher Salvador Perez injured his left knee in a home-plate collision with Drew Butera, his backup with the Kansas City Royals, in a game between Venezuela and Italy and will be out for the rest of the World Baseball Classic. Italy's Butera stumbled into Perez, and the backstop held onto the ball to end the ninth innin... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 06:49:00 GMT 2017-03-12T06:49:00Z Cruz homer caps comeback as Dominicans beat US 7-5 in WBC MIAMI (AP) — With their team playing the United States in a frenzied atmosphere at the World Baseball Classic, Dominican rooters spent much of the game on their feet while honking horns, pounding drums and rattling noisemakers. Eventually they rattled the Americans. Nelson Cruz hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Andrew Miller in the eighth inning, Starli... Sun, 12 Mar 2017 04:47:00 GMT 2017-03-12T04:47:00Z Surprising Israel prepares for 2nd round at WBC TOKYO (AP) — On a World Baseball Classic high, Israel will be aiming to extend its unexpected run at the tournament when it arrives in Tokyo for the second round after winning its first three games in Seoul. Team Israel beat 2009 silver medalist South Korea 2-1, Taiwan 15-7 and a Netherlands team that included such bona fide major leaguers as Didi Gregori... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:00:00 GMT 2017-03-10T14:00:00Z Israel beats the Netherlands 4-2 in World Baseball Classic SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Nate Freiman's RBI double sparked a three-run first inning Thursday as Israel beat the Netherlands 4-2 to finish at the top of Pool A in the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 record. Zach Borenstein and Ryan Lavarnway also drove in runs in the first for Israel, which clinched a berth in the second round when the Netherlands beat ... Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:08:00 GMT 2017-03-09T14:08:00Z Scherzer experiments with new grip after knuckle injury Max Scherzer has come to grips with a finger injury — by coming up with a new, unusual grip for his fastball. The Washington Nationals ace won the NL Cy Young Award last season despite a stress fracture on his right ring finger in the second half. The problem didn't totally heal during the winter, so Scherzer is trying something different this spring. ... Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-03-08T01:27:00Z 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 Japan, Israel, Netherlands win in World Baseball Classic TOKYO (AP) — Nobuhiro Matsuda hit a three-run homer as Japan scored five runs in the fifth inning on its way to an 11-6 win over Cuba in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday. With two-time champion Japan leading 3-1 in the fifth inning, Matsuda made it 6-1 with a homer into the left-field stands at Tokyo Dome. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo added a two-run shot two innings later to wid... Tue, 07 Mar 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-03-07T16:35:00Z 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. ... 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