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Puerto Rico, Netherlands both win

Two countries gained plenty in opening round of WBC

Updated: March 12, 2009, 3:15 AM ET
By Jorge Arangure Jr. | ESPN The Magazine

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- When the final out was recorded in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic, and all the players from Puerto Rico had slapped hands with one another in celebration after a 5-0 win against the Netherlands, the final tally of an extraordinary week could be counted: one impressive WBC contender, one miraculous performance and one stunning defeat of a prohibitive favorite.

Perhaps more than any other bracket, Pool D best represented the aim of the World Baseball Classic, ...

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