MLB notebook: Dominican Republic wins World Baseball Classic
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double in the first inning that held up, and the Dominican Republic capped a dominant, unbeaten run through the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 win over Puerto Rico for the championship Tuesday night in San Francisco.
Erick Aybar added an RBI double to back winner Samuel Deduno, and the demonstrative Dominican right-hander threw his arms into the air in delight after watching a run-saving defensive gem by center fielder Alejandro De Aza in a tough fifth.
• Derek Jeter was removed from New York's lineup against the Phillies on Tuesday for “precautionary” reasons because his surgically repaired left ankle feels “stiff.” He said he might be able to play Wednesday and doesn't consider this a setback. Jeter has mild inflammation of the ankle, a precautionary MRI showed. An X-ray was negative. He was listed as day-to-day.
• A slimmer Roy Halladay is optimistic he'll be ready when the season starts. Halladay said he lost about 10 pounds in two days because of a stomach virus but still expects to pitch during the Phillies' first series at Atlanta. Cole Hamels already was named Philadelphia's Opening Day starter, and Halladay is slated for the second game on April 3.
• St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal returned to the Cardinals' spring training complex for the first time since undergoing ligament replacement surgery by Dr. James Andrews last week, saying the operation went well and he is ready for rehab.
• Tigers left fielder Andy Dirks bruised his right knee running into a wall while chasing a ball Tuesday. Dirks said he is day-to-day. He was injured while going after a double hit by Tampa Bay's Jack Cust.
• Cubs third baseman Ian Stewart will begin the season on the disabled list with a strained left quadriceps.The team also announced that right-handed starting pitcher Scott Baker, returning from elbow-reconstruction surgery, will be sidelined after developing fluid in the elbow from his first spring start Sunday.