USA-Venezuela Pool 2 finale resumes

USA-Venezuela Pool 2 finale resumes

MIAMI -- Rain caused a delay to the start of Wednesday night's World Baseball Classic game between the United States and Venezuela at Dolphin Stadium, but the contest started at 8:10 p.m. ET following a 62-minute delay.

The precipitation had dwindled a bit as of 6:45 p.m., after picking up earlier in the hour. A tarp covered the field throughout the afternoon, and neither team took batting practice on the field or infield practice.

The forecast for northern Dade County doesn't look too threatening. According to, the chance for precipitation in the area of Dolphin Stadium is 30 percent for each hour from 7 p.m. until midnight.

USA manager Davey Johnson said that he would not make any lineup adjustments due to the conditions. Johnson can scarcely afford to adjust anything, with another injury striking his team when Kevin Youkilis aggravated a left ankle injury Tuesday night.

But Venezuela manager Luis Sojo made an about about-face when he said that he wouldn't make a lineup change. Bobby Abreu was scratched as a precaution in hopes of keeping him from getting hurt. Gerardo Parra started in right and batted seventh, while Jose Lopez moved up to the No. 3 spot in the batting order.

Sojo had already sat Melvin Mora, who has a sore left hamstring, and Ramon Hernandez, who is dealing with left knee discomfort.

"I don't think it's going to affect it," Sojo said. "Because the only two guys that I don't want to play today, they're not in the lineup, which is Mora and Ramon. But everybody is ready, so we'll see what happens."

If weather does force the cancellation of Wednesday's game, Venezuela and the United States would be considered co-champions of Pool 2. However, because of its undefeated record in this round of the tournament, Venezuela would be the higher seed in the semifinals and would play the runner-up from Pool 1, while Team USA would play the Pool 1 winner.

Matthew Leach is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.