U.S. leaning on Joe Mauer

Team USA, minus David Wright, faces Puerto Rico in WBC elimination game

Updated: March 15, 2013, 12:11 PM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

MIAMI -- Amateur baseball psychologists have a theory about David Wright and Joe Mauer playing at such great heights in the World Baseball Classic. There's a school of thought that the two players are emotionally invested in the event because their respective teams are going nowhere this season and the WBC is the closest they'll get to experiencing postseason play in 2013.

The theory makes some sense -- in the abstract. But it doesn't provide a smidge of insight into the qualities ...

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