MSNBC | Barry Wilner
Just what the Americans want, a shot at the Cuban national baseball team for the Pan American games gold medal.
Cody Satterwhite of Mississippi saved both games as the United States’ collection of college players beat Brazil 7-5 and Mexico 2-1 Wednesday. When Cuba shut out Nicaragua 4-0, it set up a final between the two rivals on Thursday.
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“I’m excited for us to play for the gold, an opportunity that not everyone gets, especially when it happens only once every four years,’’ catcher Preston Paramore of Arizona State said. “We’re the youngest team here, so it’s been a challenge all along.
“Cuba has the team that played in the World Baseball Classic and finished second to Japan. They’re a solid team, but it’s baseball and anything can happen’‘
Here is the schedule for Friday July 20. The gold medal game is set for 9am Rio de Janeiro time. I was not able to find any TV listings.
I think Cuba has beaten the US team a few times. It will be interesting to see if Cuba can do it again.