American Beauty: USA dominates PR in final

American Beauty: USA dominates PR in final

LOS ANGELES -- The stars of American baseball have finally earned their World Baseball Classic stripes.

The United States got a brilliant pitching performance from starter and WBC 2017 MVP Marcus Stroman and plenty of offense from its All-Star-packed lineup of Major League luminaries to beat Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the championship game of the 2017 Classic on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stroman dazzles en route to Classic MVP

Stroman dazzles en route to Classic MVP

LOS ANGELES -- Marcus Stroman prides himself on being a big-game pitcher, and pitching Wednesday on one of baseball's biggest stages, he dominated.

Stroman dazzled for Team USA as it secured its first World Baseball Classic championship with an 8-0 victory, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning and stifling a Puerto Rican lineup that had slugged its way through the tournament with a plus-37 run differential and a perfect 7-0 record. His performance earned him Most Valuable Player honors for the tournament as well as a spot on the 2017 All-World Baseball Classic Team.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Classic experience one USA, PR won't soon forget

Classic experience one USA, PR won't soon forget

LOS ANGELES -- You heard the emotion in the words as they said it. You saw their faces and knew they meant it. To the players in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the tournament was an enormous hit, a stunning success story that is only getting better every four years.

In the wake of the United States' 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in the championship game of the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, it was clear that while there were many amazing plays and indelible moments that will be remembered for a long time, nothing seemed to resonate more with the players who had just finished off this exhilarating global two-week journey more than the experience itself. Every bit of it.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Green's candor, passion leave lasting impact

Green's candor, passion leave lasting impact

Nobody in the game rode taller in the saddle than Dallas Green. Not 6-foot-7 Frank Howard nor 6-foot-11 Jon Rauch. Dallas Green was baseball's John Wayne, so upright and rigid and with such a commanding voice. Whatever he lacked vertically -- and he didn't lack much -- was inconsequential. He compensated for it with stature that was visible, audible and quite palpable. He had presence that commanded recognition and a voice that could fill -- and oftentimes did -- Veterans, Yankee and Shea Stadiums. They didn't call him Big D for his defense. Perhaps it stood for decibels.

Few who were part of the game in the past half-century cut so distinctive a figure as the man who managed the Phillies, Yankees and Mets and was the Cubs' general manager -- all in an 18-year period. He was Dashing Dallas -- silver-haired, 6-foot-5, so vertical. He had a penchant for bright clothing and was readily recognizable from a distance. His volume made him conspicuous from a greater distance. The late Phillies coach John Vukovich, one of Green's great pals, once said: "Light travels faster than sound, but not with Big D. You usually hear him before he gets where he's going."

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Marty Noble is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Fan in Nolan Ryan jersey sits next to K King

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Fan in Nolan Ryan jersey sits next to K King

In 1995, Joan Osborne asked us, "What if God was one of us? Just a slob like one of us? Just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his way home." 

For many Texas baseball fans, she may as well have been asking about Hall of Famer and all-time strikeout leader, Nolan Ryan. With the Ryan Express at Astros camp on Wednesday, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart spotted one fan wearing Ryan's rainbow-colored Astros uniform that was faced with the most metaphysical of questions.

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Yadi, Balentien among All-Classic Team standouts

Along with Hosmer, pair selected unanimously to field of 12 honorees

Yadi, Balentien among All-Classic Team standouts

Following a thrilling World Baseball Classic that culminated in the United States winning its first title thanks to Wednesday's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico, World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) announced the All-World Baseball Classic Team.

From the champions, tournament Most Valuable Player Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays (2.35 ERA, six-plus scoreless innings in final), Eric Hosmer of the Royals (unanimous choice) and Christian Yelich of the Marlins were selected. Stroman, as WBC 2017 MVP, joined Japan's Daisuke Matsuzaka (2006 and '09) and the Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano (2013) as MVPs in Classic history.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

5 Cy Young winners take the hill on MLB.TV

5 Cy Young winners take the hill on MLB.TV

Five Cy Young Award winners will take center stage today, punctuating an enticing slate of Spring Training games on MLB.TV.

Back from Team Venezuela, 2010 American League Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez returns from the World Baseball Classic, while 2011 AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander and 2011, '13 and '14 National League Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw also get the ball for their big league clubs as they keep on working out the spring kinks.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manfred, Clark see 'amazing' Classic only gaining momentum

Manfred, Clark see 'amazing' Classic only gaining momentum

LOS ANGELES -- The top executives of Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association conducted a joint news conference on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium, an hour before the start of the United States' 8-0 triumph over Puerto Rico in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic, and they were asked for their opinions on this year's installment of the tournament.

Both MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark raved about the global event and said they were already anticipating the next one, which will likely be in 2021.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Fred Zinkie

Preferred picks: Zinkie's '17 fantasy favorites

Fantasy expert eager to draft Turner, Lindor

Preferred picks: Zinkie's '17 fantasy favorites

Though aiming to get the best value is always wise, most fantasy owners don't go into a draft without a list of favorites. The players you don't mind selecting a round earlier than projected to avoid missing out on them. The guys who get a little asterisk on your draft sheet.

Below, you will find my favorites for the upcoming season. These 10 players are the guys most likely to decide whether or not I have a Yoo-hoo shower in early October.

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Fred Zinkie is the lead fantasy baseball writer for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @FredZinkieMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

PR plans inspire USA's Jones in final win

PR plans inspire USA's Jones in final win

As if Adam Jones needed any extra motivation. As the leader of Team USA on its run to the 2017 World Baseball Classic gold, Jones took center stage with some huge plays during the tournament.

Still, before the United States' 8-0 win over Puerto Rico in Wednesday night's championship game at Dodger Stadium, Jones and his teammates got some bulletin-board material, courtesy of rumors that Puerto Rico already had a celebration planned.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Be a GM with Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball

Since the final out of the 2016 World Series settled in Anthony Rizzo's glove, giving the Cubs a championship 108 years in the making, baseball's general managers have been preparing their clubs for success in '17.

And now, with Opening Day quickly approaching, you can join in on the excitement.

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Zachary Finkelstein is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DYK: Stroman caps triumphant run for U.S.

DYK: Stroman caps triumphant run for U.S.

For the first time, the United States is the World Baseball Classic champion.

Led by starter Marcus Stroman and an explosive offense, Team USA beat Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the WBC '17 final on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. Second baseman Ian Kinsler smacked a go-ahead two-run homer in the third inning, and the U.S. never looked back as it captured the title against a previously unbeaten Puerto Rico squad.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

With Max back in action, Nats even mightier

With Max back in action, Nats even mightier

JUPITER, Fla. -- OK, that's one less item on manager Dusty Baker's worry list, and another brick in the wall for the Nationals.

"Pitchers pitch. Bridge-builders build," Max Scherzer said. "I want to be out there on the mound competing."

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Puerto Rico falls short in amazing Classic run

Gracious in championship game defeat, team put together great tournament

Puerto Rico falls short in amazing Classic run

For the second consecutive World Baseball Classic, Team Puerto Rico fell one victory shy of winning its first Classic title, as an undefeated run through the first seven games of the tournament ended in an 8-0 loss to the United States on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

Puerto Rico was also shut out in the Classic final for the second straight time, having been blanked by the Dominican Republic in 2013, 3-0, at AT&T Park. But despite the disappointment in defeat, the team remained on the field to embrace players from the victorious U.S. squad, congratulating them on their country's first Classic championship.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Deep fish: Trout hits first spring home run

Deep fish: Trout hits first spring home run

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout hit his first home run of the spring, but it wasn't enough to prevent the split-squad Angels from falling to the Rangers, 7-4, on Wednesday at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

James Loney's two-run double off Angels starter Alex Meyer capped a three-run outburst for the Rangers in the first, though the Halos scored three times in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 3. The Rangers restored their lead on Jurickson Profar's tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the second and went ahead 5-3 on Drew Robinson's RBI double in the third.

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T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Barry M. Bloom

Leyland adds final line to Hall of Fame resume

Leyland adds final line to Hall of Fame resume

LOS ANGELES -- Jim Leyland is old and tired, he said on Wednesday before managing Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic title with a decisive 8-0 thumping of Puerto Rico in front of 51,565 rollicking fans at Dodger Stadium.

He also deadpanned, "We're trying to make America great again."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kinsler gets U.S. going with homer vs. PR

Kinsler gets U.S. going with homer vs. PR

LOS ANGELES -- Playing in the World Baseball Classic opened up opportunities for Ian Kinsler to hone his game. Joining Team USA put Kinsler in a different environment from his ordinary spring routine and placed him alongside some of the best players from all around the baseball world.

Given the chance to prepare for the season with his U.S. teammates, Kinsler made small mechanical adjustments to his swing while working in the batting cages with National League MVP runner-up Daniel Murphy of the Nationals. The Tigers second baseman credits those sessions and adjustments for the extra lift that allowed his go-ahead home run to escape Dodger Stadium on Wednesday in the World Baseball Classic final, an 8-0 United States victory over Puerto Rico.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Donaldson plays four innings in return to field

Donaldson plays four innings in return to field

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Leading off the top of the second inning during the Blue Jays' 5-4 win against Detroit Wednesday, Tigers catcher James McCann was retired on a routine grounder to third. The crowd at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, however, responded with an enthusiastic round of applause.

That's because the defensive play was made by Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was making his first Grapefruit League appearance in the field after his spring debut at designated hitter Monday. He had been sidelined by a strained right calf.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Baseball renaissance man Green dies at 82

Manager of Phillies' 1980 championship team had MLB career spanning 5-plus decades

Baseball renaissance man Green dies at 82

Dallas Green, the larger-than-life figure who helped build the Phillies' farm system in the 1970s and then pushed, prodded and occasionally outraged many of the same players on the way to the franchise's first World Series championship in 1980, passed away on Wednesday after a long illness. He was 82.

Green became general manager of the Cubs in 1982. Two years later the team made it to the postseason for the first time since 1945. That year he was named Baseball Executive of the Year by The Sporting News, UPI and ESPN, as well as Chicago's Man of the Year by the Chicago Press Club. He took on the additional role of team president from 1985-87 and became an active proponent of having lights installed at Wrigley Field.

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Paul Hagen is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For his son's birthday, Dexter Fowler's dad shared a story (and photo) of giving Dex his first glove

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For his son's birthday, Dexter Fowler's dad shared a story (and photo) of giving Dex his first glove

Dexter Fowler has developed something of a reputation for sharing adorable glimpses of his daughter on his social media pages, just as he did when showcasing how excited she was about him joining the Cardinals back in December. 

It would appear as if that penchant for sharing wonderful memories and moments on the internet spans generations. On Wednesday, Fowler celebrated his 31st birthday, and it was an occasion for his father -- going by "PapaJFowler'"on Twitter -- to share this as an homage to his son:

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Trying circumstances bond high school club

Denham Springs ballplayers regroup following devastating flood

Trying circumstances bond high school club

EMERSON, Ga. -- There were undoubtedly countless times last August when the beleaguered residents of Denham Springs, La., thought the sky would never quit crying and that the sun would never again make an appearance to help dry up their tears of desperation.

And maybe that's the reason that the young ballplayers from Denham Springs High School seemed so appreciative -- almost joyful -- to be walking out onto a baseball diamond under a cloudless sky, saturated by brilliant sunshine that more than adequately warmed their spirits.

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Jeffrey Dahn is a feature writer for Perfect Game. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maddon sees growth in Baez during Classic

Maddon sees growth in Baez during Classic

MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon isn't surprised Javier Baez is having the success he's had playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

"He's playing full throttle -- which he did at the end of last year," Maddon said Wednesday of Baez, who started at second base in the championship game against Team USA at Dodger Stadium.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

PR's Lugo not sharp in final against US

PR's Lugo not sharp in final against US

Seth Lugo took the mound for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic final against the United States on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, looking to put his team in position for its first Classic title after falling just short in 2013.

The 27-year-old Mets right-hander struggled to keep the U.S. bats in check, however, going four-plus innings, giving up four runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out seven in Puerto Rico's 8-0 loss.

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Archer says Classic energized him for season

Rays right-hander preparing for possible Opening Day start

Archer says Classic energized him for season

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Rays starter Chris Archer would have liked to join his teammates from Team USA as they moved on to play Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic championship game on Wednesday night.

Archer, however, had to focus on his other team, as he prepares to take the mound on Opening Day of the regular season for the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Kevin Cash hasn't officially named Archer the starter, but the All-Star righty is in line to have his turn on the mound when the Rays host the Yankees on April 2.

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J. Scott Butherus is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Battery mate: Lester builds trust with Contreras

Battery mate: Lester builds trust with Contreras

MESA, Ariz. -- Last year, Jon Lester seemed more comfortable with the Cubs. It was the left-hander's second year of his six-year, $155 million contract, and he had his former Red Sox teammate John Lackey on the squad. Lester finished 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA and second in the National League Cy Young balloting.

Oh, and he won his third World Series championship.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Carrasco healthy, ramping up innings

Carrasco healthy, ramping up innings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The fact Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco came out of Monday's Minor League appearance feeling healthy is an important start. But he will have to ramp it up in his next two appearances if he is to start the team's second game of the regular season.

Carrasco threw 33 pitches in 1 2/3 innings against Reds' Minor Leaguers and his longest outing this spring was three innings on March 8.

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Chris Gabel is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Indians on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bonds returns to help 'keep the tradition alive'

All-time home run leader rejoined Giants on Tuesday as special advisor

Bonds returns to help 'keep the tradition alive'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Barry Bonds has much to share with baseball: His place in a great family lineage. His pride in the city and team he represented for 15 years. His own stature as a hitter and the vast knowledge behind it.

These were the primary factors behind Bonds' decision to rejoin the Giants as a special advisor to club president and chief executive officer Larry Baer, a move that the all-time home run leader cordially discussed as he reported for his first day of work Wednesday.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Machado savors World Baseball Classic run

Orioles 3B returns to camp, looks forward to next tournament in 2021

Machado savors World Baseball Classic run

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Manny Machado is back from the World Baseball Classic, and he had a delightful time playing for the Dominican Republic.

"It's fun to be back and be back with the guys and get ready for the season. It was an exciting time at the World Baseball Classic and something I'll never forget," Machado said. "It was a great experience; great memories taken from that. But now I'm excited to get back and try to create some new ones this year with the team that we've got here."

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Rich Dubroff is a contributor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.