celebrate their first WBC title
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[March 23, 2017]
(Reuters) - The United States
broke through to win their first World Baseball Classic title with
an emphatic 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in Los Angeles on Wednesday
behind the stellar pitching of Marcus Stroman and a 13-hit attack.
Puerto Rico came in with a spotless 7-0 record in the 16-team
tournament but the Americans (6-2) were not to be denied and the
losers finished runners-up for the second straight WBC.
Stroman was sensational, throwing six no-hit innings after yielding
six hits in a row in a four-run first inning to Puerto Rico in a 6-5
After the gold medal ceremony on the field, the 25-year-old Stroman
of the Toronto Blue Jays was named Most Valuable Player of the
"I want to thank every single guy on this team. It's been a real
special experience," said Stroman. "That's a great team over there
(Puerto Rico). It's an All-Star lineup, one through nine."
Stroman faced the minimum 18 batters through six innings with Carlos
Beltran the only man to reach, after a walk leading off the second
inning. Beltran was erased when Yadier Molina bounced into a double
Stroman, who struck out three, had his no-hitter snapped in the
seventh when Angel Pagan led off with an opposite field double, and
the right-hander exited to a standing ovation from a crowd exceeding
"I got a chance to manage for our country, coaches got a chance to
coach for our country, the players got to play for our country,"
said an emotional Jim Leyland, the U.S. manager.
The U.S. team jumped to a 2-0 lead off starter Seth Lugo in the
third inning when Ian Kinsler crushed a two-run homer to
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USA pitcher Marcus Stroman (6) is awarded the MVP award following
the 8-0 victroy against Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball
Classic at Dodger Stadium. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
The Americans doubled their advantage in the fifth on
run-scoring singles by Christian Yelich and Andrew McCutchen.
They tacked on three more runs in the seventh, on a two-run single
by Brandon Crawford and an RBI-single by Giancarlo Stanton, and
McCutchen drove home the last with an infield single in the eighth.
The United States had advanced to their first WBC title game with a
2-1 semi-finals victory over Japan, winners of the first two
"I could not be prouder," said outfielder Adam Jones. "We brought it
home for the United States. Tip of our caps to Puerto Rico and
everybody else in the tournament, but we did something special."
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Nick
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