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Netherlands proving to not be a fluke

The Dutch can eliminate the Dominicans with a win in second WBC semifinal game

Originally Published: March 18, 2013
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you want to know one big reason the Kingdom of the Netherlands is playing in the second semifinal game of the World Baseball Classic against the Dominican Republic, begin with Andruw Jones. He not only actively recruited players for the Netherlands team last summer, he inspired many of the younger players in Curacao when he became a star for Atlanta at age 19 in the 1996 World Series.

Jones, however, says the Netherlands' success begins earlier, with manager Hensley ...

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