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WBC Game: USA vs. México, 1 pm PT
2006-03-07 12:00
by Bob Timmermann

Live from Chase Field in Phoenix. The game is being televised on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes

Jake Peavy takes to the hill for the U.S. against Rodrigo Lopez for México.

The planned U.S. lineup by manager Buck Martinez

  1. Johnny Damon, LF
  2. Derek Jeter, SS
  3. Ken Griffey, Jr, CF
  4. Alex Rodriguez, 3B
  5. Mark Texeira, DH
  6. Derrek Lee, 1B
  7. Brian Schneider, C
  8. Randy Winn, RF
  9. Chase Utley, 2B

México manager Francisco Estrada will likely go with this lineup:

  1. Karim Garcia, CF
  2. Jorge Cantú, 2B
  3. Vinny Castilla, 3B
  4. Erubiel Durazo, DH
  5. Luis Alfonso García, LF (there is also a Luis García who plays the outfield, so pay attention!)
  6. Adrián González, 1B
  7. Gerónimo Gil, C
  8. Mario Valenzuela, RF
  9. Juan Castro, SS

Final United States 2, Mexico 0
WP - Mike Timlim
LP - Rodrigo Lopez
Save - Brad Lidge

HRs - Derrek Lee, Chipper Jones

The game was over in 2:06 as U.S. pitchers threw just 88 pitches and 66 were for strikes. The U.S. struck out nine Mexican batters and got them to ground into three DPs.

The U.S. takes on Canada next tomorrow at 1 pm PT in Phoenix. Mexico plays South Africa at 6 pm PT tomorrow in Scottsdale.

2006-03-07 12:11:26
1.   Cliff Corcoran
Looks like mismatch. My Gameday is still fooked. Anyone else having this problem?
2006-03-07 12:14:27
2.   Bob Timmermann
Working fine for me. The lineups they announced yesterday are what was announced today.
2006-03-07 13:35:55
3.   Bob Timmermann
Meanwhile through two innings in Phoenix. Mexico has had two baserunners, an infield single by Karim Garcia and Luis A Garcia reached on a throwing error by Derek Jeter, but neither man scored.

The U.S. has had one baserunner, a walk by Griffey.

2006-03-07 13:40:23
4.   Voxter
I'm sure this was cleared up long ago, but I was wondering: How did Martinez become the US manager? My recollection was that Tom Lasorda was the long-time manager of Team USA.
2006-03-07 13:42:24
5.   Bob Timmermann
I think Lasorda was a lot more valuable as being a general worldwide ambassador.

Lasorda managed the Olympic team in 2000, but the Olympic qualifying for 2004 (which the U.S. didn't make) was handled by Frank Robinson.

I think that whoever chose the US manager wanted someone a little younger than Lasorda.

2006-03-07 13:43:29
6.   Bob Timmermann
The first USA batter to get a hit in the WBC is none other than Randy Winn.
2006-03-07 13:45:20
7.   For The Turnstiles
The US team should sign Winn to an extension locking him up through the 2009 WBC.
2006-03-07 13:47:15
8.   Bob Timmermann
The 22-10 Florida-Washington score seems disturbing when it flashes by.
2006-03-07 13:52:52
9.   Bob Timmermann
That's it for Peavy. Buck Martinez says he won't start again until the semifinals unless he has to.

He threw just 23 pitches, 19 for strikes.

2006-03-07 14:05:31
10.   Bob Timmermann
So since Alex Rodriguez is 0 for 2 has he already been crucified in the NY media? Do the columnists have a "A-Rod chokes" column saved on their computers? Does Mike Lupica have the F8 key labeled "Press this to jump to conclusions"
2006-03-07 14:09:13
11.   Bob Timmermann
A run! A run! The US scores a run!

Derrek Lee gives the U.S. a 1-0 lead on a homer off of Rodrigo Lopez.

2006-03-07 14:26:07
12.   Ken Arneson
The US is letting Mexico hang in this game too long...
2006-03-07 14:29:31
13.   Bob Timmermann
Buck Martinez is thinking one run is enough. He's already making defensive switches.
2006-03-07 14:30:28
14.   Robert Daeley
Speaking of which, are they doing the WBC every year, or is it on the 4-year World Cup cycle?
2006-03-07 14:30:42
15.   Bob Timmermann
Through six innings, four U.S. pitchers have combined for 56 pitches, 40 of them being strikes.
2006-03-07 14:31:17
16.   Bob Timmermann
The next one should be in 2009 and then it should on a 4-year cycle.
2006-03-07 14:35:27
17.   Bob Timmermann
Martinez is using a pinch-runner for Rodriguez in the 6th inning?
2006-03-07 14:37:07
18.   Robert Daeley
17 So much for that. :)
2006-03-07 14:38:29
19.   Bob Timmermann
It's not like Chipper Jones is a slick-fielding third baseman.
2006-03-07 14:43:07
20.   Bob Timmermann
Martinez must want everybody to play.

The only two bench players left for the US are Varitek and Holliday.

2006-03-07 14:47:50
21.   Bob Timmermann
That'll teach me to second guess the mind of Buck Martinez.
2006-03-07 14:55:44
22.   Brendan
both HR swings were beautiful. i've liked chipper ever since I found out that he grew up a dodger fan. he must have grown up near Vero.
2006-03-07 14:56:41
23.   Bob Timmermann
Luis Alfonso Garcia must be a bad hitter if Alfredo Amezaga is batting for him.
2006-03-07 15:07:49
24.   Bob Timmermann
Through 8 innings, US pitchers have thrown 61 of 81 pitches for strikes, surrendering four hits with no walks.
2006-03-07 15:15:56
25.   Bob Timmermann
Lidge into close.

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