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US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 for WBC title

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The eagle has landed on top.

The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman.

The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a blue cap jauntily hanging from one of its large wings.

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Former Phillies manager Green dies at 82

PHILADELPHIA (AP) As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre.

"I was a 20-game winner," he would joke, "it just took me five years to do it."

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Nats' Scherzer says finger injury healed

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Saying his finger finally feels normal, Nationals ace Max Scherzer proclaimed himself healed following his first Grapefruit League start of the spring, a 6-1 Washington loss to St. Louis.

"It's behind me now," Scherzer said Wednesday.

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Manfred: WBC successful, future bright

LOS ANGELES (AP) Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship on Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident in declaring this sometimes troubled tournament to be a smashing success.

The Major League Baseball Commissioner's confidence seemed well-founded when the Americans claimed their first WBC title in grand style with an 8-0 victory at raucous Dodger Stadium.

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Tigers star Cabrera could return Friday

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera could soon return to the lineup after being sidelined by back stiffness.

Cabrera has been out since leaving Venezuela's game last Saturday in the World Baseball Classic.

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Matz, Wheeler struggle for Mets

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler took a step back Wednesday in the Mets' 15-9 loss to the Miami Marlins, a shaky sign for New York with opening day less than two weeks away.

Matz gave up five runs and eight hits in four innings, including one run in the first and four in the second.

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Jays' Bautista expected to play Friday

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista says the lower back stiffness that prevented him from playing for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic last weekend is no longer an issue.

Bautista was in the original lineup for Wednesday's spring training game against Detroit. But with an off-day Thursday, it was determined to have him play Friday instead.

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Cardinals pick Martinez to start opener

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez to start their April 2 opener against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Martinez about the choice hours before his new ace allowed three hits in five scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory over Washington on Wednesday.

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Twins RHP May has Tommy John surgery

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May has undergone Tommy John elbow surgery that will keep him off the mound this season.

The Twins announced on Wednesday that the replacement of May's torn ulnar collateral ligament was successful. The 27-year-old was transitioning back to starting, following a move to the bullpen halfway through the 2015 season.

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Mets move game vs. Army to Citi Field

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) The New York Mets are moving their exhibition game against Army to Citi Field.

The Mets originally were scheduled to play the Black Knights at West Point on March 31. But the snowstorm that slammed the Northeast last week affected Army's diamond and forced the switch of fields.

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