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Ohtani lengthy HR powers Japan to group win at World Traditional

PHOENIX (AP) — Joey Meneses hit two homers, including a crucial three-run shot in the fourth inning, to lead Mexico to an 11-5 win over the United States in the World Baseball Classic on Sunday at Chase Field.Meneses got the sellout crowd of 47,534 — mostly cheering for Mexico — on its feet in the

Ohtani lengthy HR powers Japan to group win at World Traditional

PHOENIX (AP) — Joey Meneses hit two homers, together with a vital three-run shot within the fourth inning, to guide Mexico to an 11-5 win over the US within the World Baseball Traditional on Sunday at Chase Area.

Meneses bought the sellout crowd of 47,534 — principally cheering for Mexico — on its ft within the first inning along with his first homer, which gave Mexico a 2-0 lead. These cheers bought even louder within the fourth for his encore, which was a blast deep into the left-center seats that introduced house Randy Arozarena and Alex Verdugo and made it 7-1.

Meneses hit his first homer off starter Nick Martinez, who took the loss, and the second off Brady Singer. Mexico starter Patrick Sandoval gave up one run over three innings, incomes the win.

The 30-year-old Meneses grew to become an unlikely MLB slugger in 2022 after spending over a decade within the minors and taking part in abroad. He debuted with the Nationals final season, batting .324 with 13 homers in simply 222 at-bats.

Mexico stored piling onto the lead within the eighth, sending 9 gamers to the plate and scoring 4 runs off Daniel Bard to make it 11-2.

The Individuals scored three runs within the eighth to make the ultimate final result extra respectable. Tim Anderson had two hits and three RBIs, whereas Will Smith hit a solo homer.

In Tokyo, Japan gained Group B with a 4-0 file and can play a quarterfinal Thursday in opposition to Italy, which superior together with Cuba from Group A on tiebreakers. Matt Harvey bought the win as Italy defeated the Netherlands 7-1, inflicting all 5 groups to complete 2-2.

South Korea beat the Czech Republic 7-3 within the day’s different Group B sport, and Cuba defeated Taiwan 7-1 in Group A.

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In Group C, Canada beat Britain 18-8 earlier than Mexico’s huge win over the U.S. In Group D, Venezuela beat Puerto Rico 9-6 and Israel topped Nicaragua 3-1.


TOKYO (AP) — Australia defeated the Czech Republic 6-3 on Monday and superior to the quarterfinals.

It’s the primary time Australia has reached the second spherical after showing in all 4 earlier tournaments.

Australia completed 3-1 in Group B behind Japan, which was 4-0.

Australia will face Cuba, the highest group in Group A, in a single quarterfinal. Japan will play Italy, which completed second in Group A in Taichung, Taiwan. Each quarterfinals are on the Tokyo Dome.

Logan Wade’s two-run double within the seventh off the fitting area wall broke a 1-1 tie and drove in Robbie Glendinning and Aaron Whitefield.

Australia took a 1-0 lead within the first on Alex Corridor’s solo homer off Martin Schneider. It was the one run — and solely hit —- that Schneider gave up in going 5 1/3 innings. He was pulled after reaching the 65-pitch restrict, giving up one hit, and one run with one strikeout.

The Czech Republic tied it at 1 within the third on Eric Sogard’s single that scored Petr Zyma.

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Australia padded its lead by making it 6-1 within the eighth, and once more it was Corridor — this time with a triple — that scored Ulrich Bojarski and Tim Kennelly. Glendinning’s subsequent single added one other.

Marek Chlup’s two-run single within the eighth narrowed the margin to 6-3, however Australia replied with two extra of its personal within the ninth.


TOKYO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run homer that landed just under his picture on a video promoting board, sending Japan to a win over Australia on Sunday.

Ohtani additionally walked twice and completed with 4 RBIs. His first-inning drive traveled an estimated 448 ft.

Ohtani turned on a dangling curveball from Will Sherriff, who didn’t even watch the flight of the ball into the Tokyo Dome’s right-field seats, bending and placing palms on his knees. It was the primary house run of the match for Ohtani, who’s 6 for 12 with eight RBIs and 7 walks.

Winner Yoshinobu Yamamoto struck out eight in 4 scoreless innings, permitting one hit and no walks. He threw 42 of 60 pitches for strikes, averaging 95.2 mph along with his fastball and topping out at 96.9 mph. The 24-year-old right-hander was the Pacific League’s MVP for the Orix Buffaloes in 2021 and 2022, and pitched a no-hitter final June 22 in opposition to the Saitama Seibu Lions.

Robbie Perkins was the one Australia batter to achieve in opposition to Yamamato, on a one-out single within the third. Alex Corridor homered within the ninth off Hiroto Takahashi, who completed a five-hitter.


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MIAMI (AP) — Salvador Pérez homered, doubled twice, singled and had 5 RBIs as Venezuela improved to 2-0 in Group D on Sunday.

Venezuela struck rapidly with a four-run first in opposition to Puerto Rico starter José Berrios. Pérez hit an RBI single and Anthony Santander adopted along with his second homer of the match, a three-run drive that cleared the wall in proper.

Pérez made it 7-0 with a three-run shot off reliever Fernando Cruz within the second.

Venezuela starter Pablo López was the beneficiary of the early run assist. López struck out six, whereas limiting Puerto Rico to at least one run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Eddie Rosario homered for Puerto Rico, which is 1-1.

Down 9-1, Puerto Rico tried to rally with a four-run sixth in opposition to reliever Andres Machado.

MJ Melendez’s RBI double within the eighth bought Puerto Rico inside three earlier than Silvino Bracho relieved Jhoulys Chacin and retired Javier Baez on a come out and Rosario on a double-play grounder. Bracho then pitched an ideal ninth for the save.


PHOENIX (AP) — Tyler O’Neill had 4 hits and 4 RBIs, Freddie Freeman added two hits and Canada beat Britain 18-8 on Sunday.

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The sport lasted simply seven innings as a result of the WBC has a mercy rule throughout group play. If one group is main by 10 or extra runs after an inning following the seventh, the sport is over.

Canada scored in each inning, together with 5 runs within the first, 4 within the third and 6 extra within the fourth.

Britain took a 3-0 lead within the prime of the primary, however had a tricky afternoon on the pitcher’s mound, giving up 17 hits and 16 walks. Harry Ford had one among Britain’s highlights with a three-run homer.

Akeel Morris took the loss, giving up 5 runs in simply 2/3 of an inning. Phillippe Aumont bought the win.


MIAMI (AP) — Garrett Stubbs hit a two-run double in a three-run eighth inning, serving to Israel rally for the win in its WBC opener Sunday.

Stubbs had two of Israel’s seven hits. His bases-loaded double off New York Yankees reliever Jonathan Loáisiga drove in Spencer Horwitz and Noah Mendlinger with two out within the eighth. Horwitz tied it earlier within the inning with an RBI single.

Winner Richard Bleier had two strikeouts in a single aid inning.

Nicaragua took a 1-0 lead within the fifth when Steven Leyton’s double scored Sandy Bermudez. But it surely dropped to 0-2 in WBC group play.

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Harvey pitched 4 innings of one-run ball for Italy, and Milwaukee Brewers prospect Sal Frelick had three hits and two RBIs Sunday.

Italian gamers needed to wait a couple of minutes after the ultimate out to seek out out they superior with Cuba whereas the Netherlands, Taiwan and Panama had been eradicated. The group was determined by runs allowed divided by outs, and Cuba (15/108, .139) completed first, adopted by Italy (17/108, .157), Netherlands (19/102, .186), Panama (21/105, .200) and Taiwan (31/105, .295).

Chadwick Tromp homered within the third for the Netherlands, however Italy went forward to stick with six runs within the fourth.

Nicky Lopez had two hits and two RBIs for the Italians, managed by Mike Piazza.

The Netherlands, needing three runs to advance, put two on with no outs within the ninth in opposition to Mitchell Stumpo. Juremi Profar struck out, Tromp popped out to the pitcher in foul territory close to the plate and Ray-Patrick Didder struck out.

Dutch left fielder Jurickson Profar made a sprawling backhand catch on Dominic Fletcher’s two-out fly within the eighth, saving two runs.

Padres infielder Xander Bogaerts went 4 for 15 (.267) with one RBI for the Netherlands within the match. Jurickson Profar was 3 for 13 (.231) with one RBI, Didi Gregorius was 3 for 12 with three RBIs and Jonathan Schoop 1 for 13 (.077) with no RBIs.


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TOKYO (AP) — Ha-Seong Kim of the San Diego Padres hit two solo homers for South Korea on Sunday.

Se Woong Park struck out eight in 4 2/3 innings for South Korea, which improved to 1-2 in Group B and can play winless China in its remaining group sport.

St. Louis Cardinals infielder Tommy Edman hit a two-run single for South Korea. Kim’s homer within the sixth made it 6-0.

Matej Mensik put the Czech Republic on the board with a two-run double within the seventh. Kim hit his second homer of the sport within the backside half.

Loser Lukas Ercoli allowed six runs in 1 1/3 innings.


TAICHUNG, Taiwan (AP) — Yoán Moncada and Erisbel Arruebarrena homered, main Cuba to the win Sunday.

Cuba broke out to a 4-0 lead within the first inning. Alfredo Despaigne drove in Moncada and Luis Robert with a double, and Arruebarrena added a two-run shot.

Moncada and Robert play for the Chicago White Sox.

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Cuba starter Elian Leyva pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, placing out 4. Loser Shih-Peng Chen allowed 5 runs — 4 earned — and 5 hits in 1 1/3 innings.


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