Puerto Rico eliminates Italy from World Baseball Classic

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MIAMI — Puerto Rico rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to stave off elimination with a 4-3 victory over Italy in the World Baseball Classic on Wednesday night.

Yadier Molina, of the St. Louis Cardinals, had three hits for Puerto Rico, who will next face the loser of tonight’s game between the United States and the Dominican Republic.

Anthony Rizzo had a three-run double for Italy, which was eliminated with the loss.

NATIONALS: Stephen Strasburg will make his second Opening Day start for Washington when the National League East champions open the season at home against the Miami Marlins on April 1.

BREWERS: Outfielder Carlos Gomez and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $28.3 million, four-year contract.

Gomez hit .260 with 19 homers and 37 stolen bases in 137 games in 2012.

INDIANS: Reliever Frank Herrmann will miss the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery.

The right-hander, who has pitched in 95 games for Cleveland over the past three seasons, had the operation Wednesday. Hermann will need at least one year to recover from the elbow-reconstruction surgery.

ROYALS: Are sending former No. 1 overall draft pick Luke Hochevar to the bullpen after more than five seasons of shaky results in the starting rotation.

Manager Ned Yost announced the decision Wednesday. Hochevar had been competing with Bruce Chen, Will Smith and Luis Mendoza for the fifth spot in the Royals’ revamped rotation his spring.

TIGERS: Released outfielder Brennan Boesch.

The 27-year-old tweaked an oblique muscle at the start of spring training and was hitting .188 (3 for 16) with no RBI.

PADRES: Right-hander Casey Kelly might be headed for elbow ligament-replacement surgery after having tests because of soreness.


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