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5th October 09
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28th September
USA DEFENDS WORLD CUP:

27th September
USA DEFEATS CUBA TO TAKE GOLD AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP SUNDAY:

26th September
RESULTS FROM SATURDAY

25th September 2009
LATEST FROM THE BASEBALL WORLD CUP:

24th September
BASEBALL WORLD CUP LATEST UPDATES:

22nd September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP FINAL EIGHT BEGINS TUESDAY IN ITALY

21st September
Final Eight Nations Set, Seedings To Be Determined Monday As Baseball World Cup Reaches Championship:

September 18th
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES

17th September
THURSDAYS RESULTS
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17th September 2009
DUTCH & CUBANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP
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16th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

13th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

12th September 2009
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP...RESULTS AND NOTES FOR END OF ROUND ONE

11th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES:  DAY THREE

10th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY TWO RESULTS AND NOTES

9th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY ONE SUMMARIES


24th September
BASEBALL WORLD CUP LATEST UPDATES:

PUERTO RICO 8 CHINESE TAIPEI 2: 
Luis Atalano allowed just seven hits and one earned run, while Ruben Gotay had a home run and a two-run double, and Jose Valentine homered to lead Puerto Rico to the win. Raul Casanova’s RBI-single gave Puerto Rico a 1-0 first inning lead. It stretched its lead to 8-0 before Chinese Taipei pushed across a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings, but it did not score again after that.

CANADA 11 NETHERLANDS 5: 
Canada rallied from an early 4-0 deficit and used a five-run eighth to break open a close game and go on to the win. The Dutch used a Hainley Statia two-run double and RBI singles by Sharlon Schoop and Eugene Kingsale to take a 4-0 second inning lead, and it still led 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth when Canada rallied. Adam Loewen’s two-run single got them within one at 5-4, and then Shawn Bowman’s two-run home run in the seventh gave Canada the lead for good at 6-5. Canada then broke the game open in the eighth, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring five runs on just three hits. Three Canada relievers held the Dutch to only two hits over the final five innings, with Trystan Magnuson getting his third win of the World Cup.

VENEZUELA 9 AUSTRALIA 4: 
Venezuela broke open a close game, scoring three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings for a come from behind win. Christopher Snelling’s two-run double in the third inning helped stake the Australians to a 3-0 lead, but a Dirimo Chavez two-run double of his own in the bottom of the inning closed the gap to 3-2 and got Australia on the scoreboard. The teams traded runs to make it 4-3 Australia, and then Venezuela took the lead for good with a three-run seventh inning, led by a two-run, two-out single by Yosnel Garcia. Rene Reyes then broke the game open for Venezuela with a three-run home run in the eighth off reliever Timothy Cox. Relievers Robert Zarate and Jose Rodriguez held Australia hitless over the game's final five innings.

USA 5 CUBA 3: 
In a rematch of the 2007 World Cup final, USA (6-0) and Cuba (4-2) didn't disappoint, playing out another classic battle with the U.S. winning, 5-3.  Team USA struck first, jumping out to a 4-0 lead after three innings behind an Ike Davis RBI-base hit, Terry Tiffee two-run home run and Jason Castro run scoring-single. Cuba answered with three runs of its own in the seventh, highlighted by a Michel Enriquez solo shot to lead off the inning.  An RBI-single from Buck Coats provided the U.S. with an insurance run in the eighth, however, as Cuba was held scoreless the rest of the way. Lucas May moved to 3-0 for Team USA, filling in for starter Trevor Reckling (injured after one inning pitched) and throwing four innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball. Cuban starter Maikel Folch was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs (two earned) in 2 2/3 innings, while Ehren Wasserman earned the save (1) for the U.S.

PREVIEWING FRIDAY'S MATCHUPS:

Cuba v Canada:

When Cuba and Canada meet for the first time in this year's Baseball World Cup, it will be a classic matchup of dominating pitching versus explosive hitting.  Cuba enters the game with a team ERA of 1.75, tops in the tournament, and has held opposing batters to a .189 average.  Canada, meanwhile, has been one of the tournament's top hitting squads, leading all teams a .317 average and 116 runs scored.

With only two losses, one being today vs. the US, Cuba has already clinched a spot in the championship game Sunday versus the United States. While its pitching has garnered most of the attention, they also boast one of the top offenses. Alfredo Despaigne has put on an incredible offensive display and is making a strong case for tournament MVP, batting .426 with a tournament leading nine home runs and 15 RBI. Hector Olivera (.387), Michel Enriquez (.349) and Ariel Pestano (.317, four home runs) have also helped pace an offensive that is batting .285 as a whole. The pitching staff is lead by the tournament's two top strikeout leaders, Miguel Gonzalez and Norge Vera, who boast a 1.83 and 0.44 ERA, respectively.

Canada's success has come from scoring runs, runs, and more runs.  Five players have scored double digit runs, including MLB Futures Game MVP Rene Tosini, who leads the tournament with 16 runs and 20 hits. Brett Lawrie (13 RBIi) and New York Mets prospect Shawn Bowman (12 RBI, game winning homer on Thursday) have also helped carry the load. The Canadian pitching staff has two members who have yet to give up an earned run in extended work; Matt Kniginyzky (18.0 innings pitched) and Brewers prospect Nick Bucci (14.1 innings pitched).

Venezuela v Chinese Taipei:

On Friday Night, Venezuela and Chinese Taipei will face off in Grosseto, Italy in the teams' final games of round robin play. Venezuela comes into the game on a high note, after beating a very strong Australian team 9-4 on Thursday night. Meanwhile, Chinese Taipei will search for its first win in Italy after dropping its first three.

Venezuela is lead on offense by Lino Connell, who is hitting .370, with 8 walks and a .473 OBP. Chinese Taipei is lead on offense by Han Lin who continues to impress with a .409 average.

With a Venezuela win, the two teams will square off again in the 7th place game on Saturday.  However, if Chinese Taipei wins and Australia loses, then Chinese Taipei will play in the 5th place game, with Australia dropping to the 7th place game on Saturday.
Venezuela and Chinese Taipei play in Grosseto on Friday Night at 7pm.  The game can be followed on http://www.facebook.com/l/ d6089;www.2009baseballworldcup.com on the CBS stat tracker.

Puerto Rico v Australia:

The last game of round robin play for Puerto Rico and Australia holds huge implications for both teams. With a 3-3 record in the third round, Puerto Rico is currently tied for second place in Pool 1 and with a victory on Friday, will give itself a shot to play for third place on Saturday. With a win, Australia, who is 2-4, will assure itself the opportunity to play in the fifth place game by virtue of its third place finish in Pool 2.

Puerto Rico is led offensively by Miguel Abreu, who is pacing the team with a .380 average.  Angel Sanchez, Luis Matos, and former Major Leaguers Alex Cintron and Jose Valentin are all also batting over .300.  The pitching staff is has gotten great performances from aces Mario Santiago, who is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA, asnd Luis Atilano, who is a perfect 3-0 with a 2.21 ERA.

Luke Hughes has been the brightest offensive star for the Aussies, with a .302 average, four home runs, and 12 RBI  The Australian pitching staff has been stellar, lead by the triumvirate of Dushan Ruzic, David Welch, and Adam Blackley. Starters Welch and Blackley sport ERA's of 1.00 and 1.69, respectively, while Ruzic has yet to give up an earned run in 18 innings of work.

USA v Netherlands:

On Friday, Nettuno will play host to a match-up of two of the strongest teams in the Baseball World Cup when the USA faces the Netherlands. The USA has been on a tear, winning 12 straight and going 6-0 in the third round. They have clinched a spot in the World Cup Championship game to be played on Sunday, where they will defend their title vs. Cuba.
While two straight losses have knocked the Netherlands out of contention for the championship, a win on Friday would assure them a spot in the third place game.
The USA offense has continued to be strong, led by Jon Weber (.439 AVG, 3 HR, 11 RBIs), Terry Tiffee (.353 AVG, 4 HR, 19 RBIs) and Justin Smoak (.311 AVG, 9 HR, 19 RBIs).  The USA pitching, not to be overshadowed by the offense, has also done its job with a 1.96 ERA and 110 strikeouts.

The Netherlands boasts a powerful offense, collecting 110 hits and sporting a .313 team average. Sidney de Jong (.406 AVG, .525 OB%) and Sharlon Schoop (.400 AVG and 16 Hits) lead the way, while the pitching has been paced by Tom Stuifbergen, who owns a 1.10 ERA in 16.1 innings pitched.

NOTES:

USA, CUBA REMATCH FOR GOLD ON SUNDAY:
 

With insurmountable leads now in pool play, the USA will have a rematch with Cuba for the Gold Medal Sunday in Nettuno. The USA ended Cuba's nine straight World Cup titles with a 6-3 win in the Gold Medal game in Chinese Taipei in 2007, and will be looking to win back-to-back World Cupo titles for the first time since 1973-74. Cuba, the USA and Venezuela (1944-'45) are the only nations to ever win back to back titles. The Cubans are hoping that Italy brings them luck again, as they have won all three of the World Cup title games played in Italy. This will be the seventh time Cuba and the USA have played for World Cup Gold, with Cuba holding  a 6-1 lead. They met for the Gold Medal twice before in Italy, in both 1978 and 1988