Team USA down but not out

Losing their WBC opener to Mexico puts U.S. team in mathematical bind

Originally Published: March 9, 2013
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- OK. Let me try to sort this out.

If Canada beats Mexico this afternoon and the United States beats Italy tonight, then Italy and the winner of Sunday's U.S.-Canada game both advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic in Miami. But if Mexico beats Canada, then the U.S. not only must beat Italy and Canada, it must do so by a certain amount of runs. Or the U.S. could lose to Italy as long as Mexico loses to Canada and Canada loses to the U.S. by enough runs ...

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