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Undefeated Japan wins 3rd Classic championship

2:38 AM EDT

MIAMI -- In the end, it all came down to Shohei Ohtani vs. Mike Trout. The Angels teammates squared off for the final at-bat of the 2023 World Baseball Classic in a legendary matchup between two of the game's powerhouses as a sellout crowd of 36,098 at loanDepot park and

Shohei vs. Trout for the Classic title? A strikeout heard 'round the world

2:20 AM EDT

MIAMI -- No words can adequately describe the atmosphere and the level of noise in loanDepot park on Tuesday night when, in the top of the ninth inning, Shohei Ohtani struck out Angels teammate and Team USA captain Mike Trout to secure a 3-2 Team Japan victory in the 2023

Ohtani's MVP performance leads '23 All-Classic Team

1:58 AM EDT

MIAMI -- It had been seven years since Shohei Ohtani had last been called on to close out a game. His manager was the same then as the one calling the shots in the World Baseball Classic, Hideki Kuriyama. The situation was nearly as important then – the Nippon-Ham Fighters

Final out of 2023 the Classic's new top moment

March 21, 2023

The 2023 World Baseball Classic is over. And it delivered the most epic moment in the tournament's 17-year history. The championship game was decided in a showdown between Shohei Ohtani on the mound and Mike Trout at the plate. You couldn't have scripted it any better. There have been tons

Classic will return in 2026 Commissioner confirms

One superstar is already all in, wherever he's needed
March 21, 2023

MIAMI – The World Baseball Classic will take the global stage again in 2026, and players are already expressing their desire to compete in the next tournament. Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced on Tuesday prior to the 2023 championship game between Team Japan and Team USA that the

'It's great for the game of baseball': Team USA reflects on Classic

2:36 AM EDT

MIAMI -- Remember that sinking feeling you might have experienced after summer camp, or a really fun vacation? When you made friends you knew you’d probably never see again, or at least not until the next summer. You’d had the best summer of your life, but it abruptly ended and

One cool promotion for every team in 2023

12:01 AM EDT

Opening Day is days away, which means box scores, fantasy sports, pennant chases and all the thing that make you so happy for six months out of the year. But you know another fun part of the regular season? Promotions! Take it from someone who has a Jon Hamm bobblehead

MLB sends clarifications on new rules to clubs

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Major League Baseball sent a memo to clubs on Wednesday outlining several clarifications on the rule changes that have been implemented for the 2023 regular season, including a pitch timer, infield shift restrictions and larger bases. Thus far, the average game time in Spring Training has been 2 hours, 36

Mets option top prospect Álvarez to Triple-A

10:34 AM EDT

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Mets optioned top prospect Francisco Álvarez to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday, effectively ending his long-shot bid to make the Opening Day roster. Álvarez, 21, entered camp hoping to prove capable enough defensively to play in the Major League right now. And while he acquitted

Recapping the first 5 World Baseball Classics

March 21, 2023

Since 2006, baseball players have convened from all over the world for a tournament like no other: the World Baseball Classic, which returned for its fifth iteration in 2023. As we anxiously await the 2026 Classic, here is a brief history of each of the first five World Baseball Classics:

Turner ties Classic record with 5th home run

March 21, 2023

If there was one sequence we saw over and over in the 2023 World Baseball Classic, it was Trea Turner circling the bases. Turner homered yet again for Team USA in the WBC championship game on Tuesday night against Japan. He connected in the second inning for his fifth home

Soto's oblique injury 'minimal,' MRI shows

12:58 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres, it appears, can breathe a sigh of relief about star left fielder Juan Soto’s ailing left oblique. Soto underwent an MRI on Tuesday after he sustained a mild strain of that oblique while taking a swing during a backfield "B" game at the Peoria Sports

Astros' No. 1 prospect Hunter Brown scratched (lower back)

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Donaldson locks in, then blasts off -- twice

After tinkering with swing mechanics, third baseman optimistic about '23 rebound
March 21, 2023

TAMPA, Fla. -- The most significant swing of Josh Donaldson’s day was not the homer that dented the scoreboard in the fourth inning, nor the long blast in the sixth. No, the cut that seemed to lock the veteran into a better place occurred in a near-empty George M. Steinbrenner

History of the World Baseball Classic title game

12:05 AM EDT

Every time, the World Baseball Classic championship seems to create another legend. He may be best remembered in America for his days with the Red Sox, but Daisuke Matsuzaka rose to the occasion in the WBC's biggest moments, winning the tournament MVP Award twice. Before Edwin Encarnación was known as

The World Baseball Classic's all-time stat leaders

12:05 AM EDT

The 2023 World Baseball Classic is in the books -- that's five Classics, now, going back to the inaugural tournament in 2006. Curious who's hit the most home runs or struck out the most batters in WBC play? Look no further. Here are the World Baseball Classic's all-time individual stats

Harper won't go on 60-day IL, leaves door open for early return

March 21, 2023

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies are keeping Bryce Harper’s options open. Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that Harper will not open the season on the 60-day injured list, which gives the slugger the opportunity to return to the Phillies’ lineup before the end of May. Harper

Thor unconcerned by velo dip; Kershaw at full go

March 21, 2023

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- All eyes have been on Noah Syndergaard and the radar gun this spring, but despite not getting close to his goal of once again touching 100 mph, he has been very effective in Cactus League play. Syndergaard came into Tuesday’s outing having allowed just one run over

Top 10 games in World Baseball Classic history, ranked

8:10 AM EDT

Since its inception, the World Baseball Classic has been baseball's premier international tournament, bringing top stars the world over together on one stage. And the 2023 tournament just gave us some of its greatest games yet. Previously held in 2006, 2009, 2013 and 2017, the WBC came back with a

Early DH days planned to help Buxton stay in lineup

March 21, 2023

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It took one plate appearance for Byron Buxton to announce his presence. Buxton had been hitting against live pitching on the back fields and against Minor Leaguers, but his gradual progression to Opening Day finally brought him into a big league game as the leadoff hitter

Team USA's World Baseball Classic history

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March 21, 2023

After a six-year hiatus, the World Baseball Classic returned with a bang in 2023, with a thrilling tournament culminating in Japan becoming the first three-time WBC champion. Team USA’s latest run represented its second consecutive appearance in the championship game, as we take a look back at America’s history in

Yogi's legendary personality shines through in new documentary

8:56 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. -- When the average person hears the name Yogi Berra, chances are it produces a recollection of a famed phrase like, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” any number of entertaining television commercials, or perhaps even a cartoon bear with an affinity for picnic baskets. That is why

Salvy brings passion of Classic back to camp

Melendez describes emotions of playing for his country
12:10 AM EDT

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Royals’ clubhouse was going through its usual pregame activity Tuesday afternoon when a jolt of energy suddenly seemed to make its way into the room. Salvador Perez was back. The veteran catcher and leader of this Royals team returned to camp after his World Baseball Classic