Canada’s Michael Saunders, of the Mariners, hit a two-run homer off starter Derek Holland and was chosen the Group D MVP, going 8 for 11 in the tournament with seven RBIs.
Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders homered and the Twins’ Justin Morneau had an RBI walk as Team Canada began preparations for the WBC with a 7-4 exhibition win over the Milwaukee Brewers Tuesday. Canada is looking to advance beyond the first round for the first time after early exits in 2006 and 2009.
Before getting too worked up over the Seattle Mariners’ preseason preparations, outfielder Michael Saunders, pitcher Oliver Perez and infielder Alex Liddi are looking forward to the World Baseball Classic. Saunders will play for Canada, Perez for Mexico and Liddi for Italy, with all three nations competing in Group D of the opening round in Arizona from March 7-10.
Felix Hernandez says he won’t pitch for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
Ichiro Suzuki told Japanese baseball officials on Monday he has decided not to take part in next year’s World Baseball Classic.
Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez has his native Venezuela excited and his Major League Baseball club nervous. The 2010 Cy Young Winner says he wants to pitch in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.