Today’s World Baseball Classic news is available after the jump (due to length):
March 5, 1 PM: Dominican Republic at Philadelphia Phillies (LIVE)
March 5, 9 PM: Mexico at Arizona Diamondbacks (LIVE)
March 6, 1 PM: Dominican Republic at NY Yankees (LIVE)
March 6, 4 PM: Italy at LA Angels (tape delay)
The Chinese National Team defeated the NC Dinos of the KBO yesterday, 8-5.
The Dutch National Team lost 4-3 in an exhibition against Chandler-Gilbert College yesterday in Arizona. The Dutch used 5 pitchers in the game, with Loek Van Mil getting the loss. Go to the link to see the story.
The Cubans are on their way to Asia:
The Cuban national team leaves for Taiwan tomorrow. They’ll play a warmup series starting Monday against Taiwan before the WBC starts.
— Ben Badler (@BenBadler) February 14, 2013
The Twins and Ron Gardenhire are not particularly worried about Joe Mauer being in the Classic, especially since Joe Torre is manager, and he knows what he’s doing (presumably this is a reference to both Torre’s experience managing teams of All-Stars, as well as the fact he was a catcher).
More news later today if it comes. And, of course, don’t forget about Joe Connor’s WBC guide.