Lets start today with the exibitions between WBC squads and MLB teams. In Florida, Vance Worley started and pitched 3.1 innings for Minnesota against Puerto Rico. Worley allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and NO walks, striking out 3 in the PR's 8-7 win.........Venezuela jumped out to a 12-0 lead and then held on for a 14-10 win over the Mets. Travis d'Arnaud was 0 for 2 for New York.............The Dominican Republic followed up their win over the Phillies with an 8-2 pounding of the Yankees, and the Orioles defeated Spain, 19-7. Jesus Merchan had a single and a double and scored a run for Spain............In Arizona, the Angels beat Italy, 12-6, and the Dodgers defeated Mexico, 10-2. The Reds pounded Canada, 12-2. Jason Donald was 0 for 2 for Cincinnati and RJ Swindle recorded 4 outs for Canada, allowing 1 hit. Swindle is in camp with the Cardinals. Finally the Colorado Rockies rallied for 6 runs in the 9th inning to beat Team USA, 8-7. Josh Outman was the winning pitcher, despite allowing 2 runs on 3 hits in his inning of work.
In Clearwater, the Phillies defeated Washington, 6-3. Mike Stutes, Antonio Bastardo, Justin De Fratus and Jake Diekman each threw a scoreless inning for the Phillies. Domonic Brown continues his excellent spring with a single and double and scored a run, and Ryan Howard was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored. Freddy Galvis and Zack Collier also got int the game for Philadelphia...........In Lakeland, the Tigers beat Toronto, 4-1. Anthony Gose was 0 for 3 with a walk for the Jays.
Italy faces Mexico, and Venezuela takes on the Domincan Republic as the final 2 pools begin play today in the WBC.