Konichiwa, annyong, bienvenidos and 'sup? This and many weekday mornings throughout the rest of March, let's rise and shine together with the latest news from spring training and the World Baseball Classic, where negotiations and mediation go out the window and countries play out their disagreements on the diamond.
Replacing the Missiles of October with the Baseballs of March, the United States and Cuba again find themselves on the brink of elimination. At least it's not elimination from the world, itself, like in '62.
Game of the Day: Japan 6, Cuba 0
Bow, Wow!: You know how there's always that one Internet commenter who's got to ruin it for everyone by saying, when the WBC is mentioned, "Who cares?" Daisuke Matsuzaka is not that guy. The Dice Man improved to 5-0 for his career in the Classic by helping the Nippon HamFighters shut out the Cuba Libres in San Diego. Looking fierce, but feeling smiley, Matsuzaka tossed six innings to put the Cubans one loss from returning to Havana.
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