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Brazil beats Panama to qualify for World Baseball Classic

Nov 20, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT


Brazil became the final qualifier for the World Baseball Classic by emerging from a four-team pool that also included Colombia, Nicaragua, and Panama.

They defeated Panama in last night’s pool-deciding game, at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama, which was a pretty huge upset and a very thrilling 1-0 game that saw 39-year-old former big leaguer Ruben Rivera strike out to end things.

Brazil’s roster includes just one big leaguer, Indians role player Yan Gomes, and they’re managed by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin. Gomes drove in the game’s only run last night with a bloop hit and afterward Larkin said: “It’s good to be good and it’s good to be lucky. We are a little bit of both today.”

Panama’s roster included major leaguers (or former major leaguers) Rivera, Carlos Lee, Carlos Ruiz, Manny Acosta, Ruben Tejada, Manuel Corpas, Ramiro Mendoza, and Jose Macias.

Brazil joins Canada, Chinese Taipei, and Spain in qualifying for the WBC through pool play, joining the 12 teams that received automatic bids.

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Congratulations to Yan Gomes and his team.

  2. mjames1229 - Nov 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    Fascinating game to watch last night. Seeing Brazil’s pitcher (who was on Seattle’s rookie league team last summer) strand two guys on base by whiffing Carlos Lee on high cheese and getting Ruben Rivera to chase an outside slider is why I love watching baseball.

    As a huge soccer fan who “gets” the World Cup, it is a shame that most of America doesn’t give a rip about the World Baseball Classic. Sure, not many country’s teams are very good, and it is played during spring training, and is populated with third tier Americans who aren’t so highly paid that their teams “suggest” that they don’t play. But if this tournament WERE to be played by the best players from each country – those who began training in January to be ready for its beginning in March – the tournament would be a fantastic way to kick off the Major League season.

    Until then, though, this is destined to be the red-headed stepchild that nobody wants to admit to.

  3. footballer4ever - Nov 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Gooooaaall! Oops, esto nao es futebol….disculpe, obrigado!

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