Arenado basking in glow of WBC '17 victory

Arenado basking in glow of WBC '17 victory

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado was reveling in the closeness of Team USA's World Baseball Classic-champion squad. But Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, also back with his club, sent a reminder that they're National League West rivals.

With two down and bases empty in the fifth inning of the Rockies' 6-5 loss, Crawford attempted to bunt toward third. Arenado shot a disapproving look to the batter's box.

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Classic shined spotlight on Crawford's ability

Classic shined spotlight on Crawford's ability

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford gained attention and acclaim during the World Baseball Classic in the best way possible.

He played his usual game.

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Stanton, Yelich return, riding Classic wave

Both players say tournament experience was exhilarating

Stanton, Yelich return, riding Classic wave

JUPITER, Fla. -- Riding the adrenaline of winning the World Baseball Classic title, Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton returned to Marlins camp on Friday ready for the next step -- the regular season.

Marlins manager Don Mattingly gave both players a day to recover, but they are expected to be back in the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

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Classic fuels Schoop's enthusiasm in return

After semifinals appearance with Netherlands, 2B ready to win with Orioles

Classic fuels Schoop's enthusiasm in return

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop said Friday he's "200 percent" ready for the regular season after returning from a stint in the World Baseball Classic. Schoop was part of the Netherlands team that advanced to the semifinals.

While Schoop wasn't in Friday night's lineup on the road against the Twins, the infielder said he'd be ready to play over the weekend.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Goldschmidt praises WBC 2017 experience

D-backs slugger says he will be ready for Opening Day

Goldschmidt praises WBC 2017 experience

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In some ways, it didn't take first baseman Paul Goldschmidt long to get back into the swing of things when he returned to D-backs camp on Friday after helping Team USA to its first World Baseball Classic championship, but it did take him a while to get into his locker thanks to teammate David Peralta.

While he was with Team USA, Goldschmidt did an interview with MLB Network's Intentional Talk and playfully took some shots at Peralta's social media presence. Peralta responded by using athletic tape to seal Goldschmidt's locker. He added a life-sized cloth photo of Goldschmidt over the top of the tape and then plastered it with pictures of himself.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back from Classic, Miller has lot of work to do

Tribe's lefty relief ace fine-tuning fastball, slider

Back from Classic, Miller has lot of work to do

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Andrew Miller returned to Arizona with a strong sense of pride over Team USA's championship run in the World Baseball Classic. The Indians' lefty relief ace also rejoined Cleveland's camp unsatisfied with how he has thrown the ball over the past two weeks.

Over the remaining days of Spring Training, Miller plans on fine-tuning his fastball and slider in preparation for the season. Manager Terry Francona noted that he may have Miller pitch in some Minor League games to provide a more controlled setting for him to get in some specific work.

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Clippard: Classic one of 'coolest things' in career

Yankees righty appreciated representing USA in tournament

Clippard: Classic one of 'coolest things' in career

TAMPA, Fla. -- The realization hit Tyler Clippard long before he was part of the World Baseball Classic celebration at Dodger Stadium, confetti raining from the sky and the stars and stripes across his chest.

"It was one of the coolest things I've ever done in my career, for sure," Clippard said. "To be able to put on the USA jersey for two weeks straight and experience the camaraderie of some of the best players in America, and to take it home and win the gold, it was a fun ride."

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Katz, Goldberg relish Classic experience

Katz, Goldberg relish Classic experience

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Prior to taking part in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, White Sox Minor Leaguer Alex Katz was pitching on the back fields of Camelback Ranch.

"There were five, 10 people watching," Katz said. "Then a couple of weeks later I'm throwing in front of 50,000 fans. I think I was more nervous throwing on the back field in front of five or 10 people than the 50,000, which is crazy. It was unbelievable."

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Historic 2017 Classic smashes event records

Fourth tournament sets marks for attendance, TV ratings and more

Historic 2017 Classic smashes event records

The 2017 World Baseball Classic has reached its conclusion, and the returns say the tournament was one for the history books.

The fourth installment of the Classic set new event records for attendance, television ratings, digital consumption and merchandise sales, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. The tournament concluded Wednesday night with the United States defeating Puerto Rico, 8-0, in the championship final in front of 3.1 million American television viewers across MLB Network, ESPN Deportes and a Spanish-language simulcast on ESPN2 -- a new record for any single Classic game.

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Inciarte back in action with Braves after Classic

Inciarte back in action with Braves after Classic

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- With Ender Inciarte back from a World Baseball Classic experience that he hopes will help him avoid the first-half struggles he experienced last year, the Braves have a chance to spend Spring Training's final week getting a feel for their projected normal lineup.

"It's good to see what the lineup is going to look like and to be able to play games with the guys," Inciarte said. "It's good to be back because I like these guys and I like this team. I'm back now. It feels like I was gone for a long time."

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D-backs expect to have Goldy back in camp Friday

First baseman was part of Team USA's championship-winning squad in 2017 WBC

D-backs expect to have Goldy back in camp Friday

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After playing for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is expected to report back to camp Friday.

Team USA won its first World Baseball Classic championship by beating Puerto Rico, 8-0, on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Archer: USA win 'fantastic,' shows deep talent

Rays righty excited about nation's World Baseball Classic victory

Archer: USA win 'fantastic,' shows deep talent

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Chris Archer couldn't stay awake until the end of Team USA's 8-0 win over Puerto Rico to win the World Baseball Classic, but the right-hander was happy about the result on Thursday morning.

"It's fantastic," Archer said. "I think it shows the level of talent that USA has. You know, people were upset because player X, Y or Z weren't there, and we still won.

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Bogaerts ahead of schedule after circling globe

Bogaerts ahead of schedule after circling globe

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts traveled the world these last few weeks, from Korea to Japan to Arizona to Los Angeles. But that long and winding road took him back to the Red Sox on Thursday, where he started at shortstop and went 1-for-4 in a 10-7 win over the Pirates.

It was the first Grapefruit League game for Bogaerts since his return from the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday night.

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Post-Classic Yelich emerges a leader

Team USA's win gives outfielder heightened profile, exposure

Post-Classic Yelich emerges a leader

JUPITER, Fla. -- Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton will return to Spring Training this weekend with World Baseball Classic championship medals and baseball experiences of a lifetime.

After being part of Team USA's title team, the two Miami outfielders now know what it takes to win on a big baseball stage.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Classic success could spark Puerto Rico

Once known for producing MLB talent, nation hopes passion for game has returned

Classic success could spark Puerto Rico

In the aftermath of Puerto Rico advancing to the finals of the World Baseball Classic, catcher Yadier Molina talked about the hope that the team's success would help rekindle the baseball focus in his homeland.

There was definitely a special feeling on the island nation last weekend amid a celebration of national pride, and videos of children singing and holding Puerto Rican flags were commonplace.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Classic contest: Best half-frames of WBC '17

Classic contest: Best half-frames of WBC '17

With Team USA's 8-0 championship game win over Puerto Rico on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium, a thrilling 2017 World Baseball Classic is in the books after 40 games of great action.

With that in mind, here's a new way to remember some of the tournament's best highlights. We've combed through the archives to come up with a "game" comprised of the most unforgettable individual half-innings of the Classic.

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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.

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Jon Paul Morosi

Thrilling Classic leaves strong impression

Tournament a hit with fans, players as game grows globally

Thrilling Classic leaves strong impression

LOS ANGELES -- Late Wednesday, Dodger Stadium's pristine lawn looked like your local high school football field in those proud, sentimental moments after commencement. Families hugged and snapped photographs as friends parted without knowing for certain when they'd meet again.

Team USA had just earned its first World Baseball Classic title, with an 8-0 victory over previously unbeaten Puerto Rico. After the American players sprayed champagne in the clubhouse, a trace of melancholy hung in the jubilant air.

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Kinsler's HR puts U.S. on path to Classic title

Kinsler's HR puts U.S. on path to Classic title

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.

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.

• Buy Team USA champions gear

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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.

Leyland 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.

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 ('06 and '09) and the Dominican Republic's Robinson Cano ('13) 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.

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.

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.

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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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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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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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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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 they said they are already anticipating the next one, which will likely be in 2021.

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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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Team USA, Puerto Rico roll with familiar lineups

Stroman, Lugo to square off on mound in World Baseball Classic championship

Team USA, Puerto Rico roll with familiar lineups

LOS ANGELES -- Puerto Rico and the United States are set to compete for the World Baseball Classic championship on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. The title matchup is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET on MLB Network and MLB.TV.

Team USA manager Jim Leyland will use an identical lineup to the team's win over the Dominican Republic on Saturday. The only changes from Tuesday night's 2-1 win against Japan are at the bottom of the order, with Jonathan Lucroy starting at catcher in place of Buster Posey. Brandon Crawford moves up to No. 7 to take Posey's spot in the lineup, while Lucroy slots in at No. 9.

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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.