Team USA advances to Miami

By beating Canada, U.S. avoided WBC elimination and escapes Arizona

Originally Published: March 11, 2013
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

PHOENIX -- Down to its final five outs Sunday afternoon, Team USA trailed Canada by 3-2. A loss not only would mark America's worst showing in the World Baseball Classic, it would leave them as the last-place team in Pool D. Under the current format, that would force the United States to win a qualifying tournament, perhaps in Europe and maybe even behind former Iron Curtain, to even compete in the next WBC.

But Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips foresaw an even worse ...

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