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Japanese star Shohei Otani will miss six weeks with a thigh strain. Not only is Lugo pitching for Puerto Rican baseball glory, he's also pitching for a job. Team USA ground out a win against Japan on Tuesday and will make a quick turnaround for Wednesday's final against another unbeaten opponent. Gilas Pilipinas vs Qatar live stream: tv channel, start time, Pringle returns to line up

Sam Dyson replaces Stroman and strands Pagan at second base. Stroman is still fired up; he's shown woofing at the PR dugout after the third out. Stroman is out of the game but still very much into it pic. Stroman could have pitched for Puerto Rico his mother is Puerto Rican , and his decision to pitch for the U.

Both have puerto rican parents. One actually embraces his parents culture and has never disrespected it. The other one is Stroman pic. The no-hitter is gone. Stroman allows a clean double to Angel Pagan leading off the bottom of the seventh. Stroman departs to a standing ovation after a masterful pitch performance. Stretch time in Chavez Ravine.

Stroman and the U. Giancarlo Stanton singles home McCutchen. Romero to give the U. Nine outs to go. Arenado singles, ending a frustrating drought that reduced him to bunting in his previous at-bat; Eric Hosmer is hit in the elbow by a Jose Berrios fastball; and McCutchen walks.

Romero is on for Berrios. Nine outs to go for a U. Stroman cruises through the bottom of the sixth. He's up to 68 pitches. One more inning for him, probably. Berrios is expected to be a big part of the Twins' rotation. Twelve outs to go for a U. Stroman gets through the fifth without allowing a hit. Crawford has a lot to do with that; he makes two fine plays at shortstop, one on Carlos Beltran and the other on Javier Baez. Stroman is at 59 pitches, which is 36 away from the WBC pitch limit for this game, so he won't go all the way.

Crawford keeps Stroman's no-hitter intact by throwing out Beltran from deep in the hole at shortstop. Yes, it's almost No-Hitter Watch time. McCutchen makes it , U.

Yelich gives the U. The hit ends Lugo's night. He leaves after four-plus innings and with two runners on base. Ian Kinsler leads off the top of the fifth with a single. Kinsler is 2 for 3, including a two-run homer to open the scoring in the third. Kinsler was a lightning rod before the game see below.

Kinsler revises remarks about Latino players showing passion. Stroman retires Puerto Rico in order in the bottom of the fourth, then chirps the PR dugout. He's only up to 46 pitches, or about halfway to the pitch WBC limit for this game.

He also hasn't allowed a hit. Lugo bounces back with a inning in the top of the fourth. He's up to 69 pitches, just 26 away from the WBC pitch limit. Six innings might be his max. Stroman puts up a zero in a shutdown third inning.

The first three frames take just over an hour to play. That's "zipping along" speed for this tournament. Early warmup action for Puerto Rico as Lugo battles through a jam in the third.

Want a world-class event? Give the biggest stars MLB's support. And move the finals to a time when baseball owns the spotlight. There have been close games and exciting action in this year's World Baseball Classic. Marcus Stroman is distraught by the treatment his mother has been subjected to since he announced in December that he would pitch for the United States over Puerto Rico. Inspired fans and ingenious extra innings?

Restricted playing time and prospects on the pine? Here's what we liked, and what we didn't, about the WBC. Team USA ground out a win against Japan on Tuesday and will make a quick turnaround for Wednesday's final against another unbeaten opponent. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies?

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