MLB notebook: Pirates' Rodriguez leads DR to victory
As a reward for their latest victory, the Dominicans get a World Baseball Classic rematch against the team that eliminated them in 2009.
Pirates left-hander Wandy Rodriguez pitched six innings, and three relievers completed a three-hitter to help the unbeaten Dominican Republic top Puerto Rico, 2-0, on Saturday.
Both teams already had qualified for the semifinals in San Francisco, and the game merely determined seedings. Puerto Rico plays two-time defending champion Japan on Sunday night, and the Dominicans face the Netherlands on Monday night, with the winners advancing to the championship game Tuesday.
The Dominicans were eliminated from the 2009 WBC when they lost twice to the Netherlands in a stunning first-round upset.
“We're not thinking of the past; we're thinking of the present,” Dominican manager Tony Pena said. “They're going to be tough. We're going to be tough also.”
Puerto Rico will face Japan for the first time.
Rodriguez (1-0) allowed two hits and departed with a 1-0 lead. Carlos Santana broke a scoreless tie for the Dominicans with his second home run in the fifth inning.
Mets' Turner injured
Justin Turner, the leading candidate to replace injured David Wright at third base for the Mets, left New York's game against the Miami Marlins on Saturday after spraining his right ankle.
The Mets said Turner was taken to a hospital for precautionary X-rays.
Turner made a nice play on a hard-hit grounder by Justin Ruggiano, and his left leg buckled and his right foot turned awkwardly when he tried to throw to first.
Rangers' pitcher out
Texas Rangers right-hander Kyle McClellan could miss the first month of the season because of a strained lat muscle. The Rangers scratched McClellan from his start Sunday against Seattle with the injury. Texas said McClellan should need three to four weeks of recovery before beginning a throwing program. Turner was limping badly and was replaced by Brandon Hicks.