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hockeyfan1:
Well, it's almost time for "Playball!".  Whilst our Blue Jays and other Major League teams are engaging in a series of Spring trainig exhibition games, there is something else to interest baseball fans -- the World Baseball Classic.

Taking place in the U.S. this year, and with Ernie Whitt's Team Canada long eliminated, it'll be coming diwn between undefeated Puerto Rico (7-0) and the winner of the Japan/USA tilt.

Puerto Rico  beat the Netherlands 4-3 in extra innings to vault them into the championship game. 

Marcus Stroman and Team USA had previously defeated Jose Bautista and the Dominucan Republic in their Semi-Final matchup.

The U.S. vs Japan game is set for tonight.

Stories:
http://deadspin.com/the-wbc-knows-baseball-is-supposed-to-be-fun-1793474911

http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2017/3/21/14998400/world-baseball-classic-usa-japan-semifinals

hockeyfan1:
So, Team USA staved off Team Japan 2-1 vaulting them to a meeting against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC Championship Final tonight.

This is the first time the U.S. has ever reached the WBC Final in spite if the fact that the United States has hosted previous editions of this annual tournament.  Speaking of Team USA, Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman will be the starter on the mound.

More:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/03/22/usa-beats-japan-reaches-world-baseball-classic-final-first-time/99480456/

Captain Canuck:

--- Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 22, 2017, 07:13:41 AM ---So, Team USA staved off Team Japan 2-1 vaulting them to a meeting against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC Championship Final tonight.

This is the first time the U.S. has ever reached the WBC Final in spite if the fact that the United States has hosted previous editions of this annual tournament.  Speaking of Team USA, Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman will be the starter on the mound.

More:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/03/22/usa-beats-japan-reaches-world-baseball-classic-final-first-time/99480456/

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So this annual tournament is held every 4 years? How does that work?

hockeyfan1:

--- Quote from: Captain Canuck on March 22, 2017, 09:06:22 PM ---
--- Quote from: hockeyfan1 on March 22, 2017, 07:13:41 AM ---So, Team USA staved off Team Japan 2-1 vaulting them to a meeting against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC Championship Final tonight.

This is the first time the U.S. has ever reached the WBC Final in spite if the fact that the United States has hosted previous editions of this annual tournament.  Speaking of Team USA, Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman will be the starter on the mound.

More:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2017/03/22/usa-beats-japan-reaches-world-baseball-classic-final-first-time/99480456/

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So this annual tournament is held every 4 years? How does that work?


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Typo.  Correoted.

hockeyfan1:
The Jays' Stroman led the way on the mound  as Team USA earned it's first ever WBC Championship shutting out Team Puerto Rico 8-O.

Stroman played a big part in the victory, pitching a no-hitter through to the seventh inning until Puerto Rico's Angel Pagan broke it up with a  double.
Stroman's one-hitter (including a walk) was preserved by reliever Sam Dyson who got the save.

"This is Marcus Stroman at his absolute best, and not just because of his six no-hit innings. Soft-contact ground balls are bread and butter." - Jeff Pasan of Yahoo! Sports.

Joe Sheehan   @joe_sheehan
I'm enjoying the start of the Marcus Stroman Era.

Congrats to Team USA and especially to the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman.  Way to go!

Read all about it:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2699561-usa-marcus-stroman-beat-puerto-rico-for-world-baseball-classic-2017-title 

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