Cuba to play US at Baseball World Cup
Posted: 24 September 2009 09:07 AM   [ Ignore ]
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In a rematch of the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Thursday night promises to be an exciting rematch between the United States and Cuba, and a potential preview for the Championship game on Sunday.

Cuba will look to avenge its loss to the USA in the 2007 World Cup Championship game, when the US beat them to take home the World Cup crown.

Heading into the match, both teams are 2-0 in the Third Round so far. With the United States 5-0 record against teams in this round thus far this tournament, they are currently in first place in pool 2 and have already clinched a spot in the finals of the Baseball World Cup. Cuba has defeated Australia 2-1 and Chinese Taipei 8-0 in the Third Round thus far, while the USA has defeated Venezuela 6-3 and Puerto Rico 3-0.

Cuba is 4-1 in the tournament against the final 8 teams, putting them atop pool 1. Therefore, tonight’s game has huge implications for the Cubans, who can put themselves in an ideal position to face the USA again in the finals with a win tomorrow night. Both teams have been very impressive so far this tournament, with both teams with an overall record of 11-1.

One of the most intriguing stories coming into this match-up is Justin Smoak of the USA (.341 AVG, 9 HR, 19 RBI) and Alfredo Despaigne of Cuba (.442 AVG, 9 HR, 15 RBI), are tied for the record of most home runs in a World Cup tournament at nine each. Both have gathered lots of attention throughout the tournament.

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