Open Thread: World Baseball Classic - Team USA vs. Dominican Republic

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In today's marquee matchup, Team USA and Captain America David Wright will be taking on the Dominican Republic in a fierce battle of the World Baseball Classic.

R.A. Dickey will get another start for the USA team, while the hitters take on Samuel Deduno. According to MLB.com:

The winner will secure a spot in the semifinals at San Francisco's AT&T Park, either against two-time defending Classic champion Japan on Sunday or the Kingdom of the Netherlands on Monday. The loser will play Puerto Rico here on Friday at 7 p.m. to determine the second survivor from Pool 2.


So, we might want to win today.

Also from MLB:

It's the first time the two countries will meet on the field in this tournament, which is in its third edition. Both teams are trying to win the event for the first time. Neither has ascended any farther than the semifinals.

Here are your lineups:

Dominican Republic

Reyes, Js, SS
Tejada, M, 3B
Cano, 2B
Encarnacion, 1B
Ramirez, H, DH
Cruz, N, RF
Santana, C,
Nanita, LF
De Aza, CF

Team USA

Rollins, SS
Phillips, B, 2B
Braun, LF
Mauer, DH
Wright, D, 3B
Hosmer, 1B
Stanton, RF
Jones, Ad, CF
Arencibia, C

U.S.A!

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