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Americans out of World Classic

Sat., March 16, 2013

Once again, the United States could only watch as an opposing pitcher celebrated at the World Baseball Classic.

This time it was 38-year-old right-hander Nelson Figueroa, who became the pride of Puerto Rico on Friday night when he led his team into the semifinals and eliminated the Americans, 4-3.

After Figueroa threw his last pitch to end the sixth inning, he leaped off the mound, then ran to catcher Yadier Molina to share a hug.

On Thursday, demonstrative Dominicans dominated the All-Star-laden U.S. lineup. The Americans endured a scoreless streak of 14 innings spanning the two defeats, and Figueroa limited them to two singles in six shutout innings.

J.C. Romero escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and retired the final four batters for his first save. The last out triggered a pileup of Puerto Ricans behind the mound.

Clearing the bases

New York Mets third baseman David Wright has a moderate strain on the left side of his rib cage that will shut him down until next week, leaving his status for opening day uncertain. … The New York Yankees have agreed to terms on a one-year major league contract with outfielder Brennan Boesch. The 27-year-old Boesch hit .240 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 132 games with Detroit last season. … The Tigers reported that minor league right-hander Cesar Carrillo has been suspended 100 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug prevention and treatment program.


 

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