Team USA Advances to World Baseball Classic Championship with 14-2 Blowout Win Against Cuba
By CBS Sports // March 21, 2023
USA is the third team to appear in back-to-back WBC championship games
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(CBSSPORTS.COM) – Team USA is one win away from a second consecutive World Baseball Classic championship. Sunday night in Miami, Team USA cruised to a 14-2 blowout win over Cuba to clinch a spot in Tuesday’s championship game.
USA will face the winner of Monday night’s Japan vs. Mexico game. Cuba has been eliminated.
The USA is the third team to appear in back-to-back WBC championship games, joining Japan (2006 and 2009) and Puerto Rico (2013 and 2017).
They will look to join those 2006 and 2009 Japan teams as the only back-to-back champions in WBC history. Before winning the 2017 WBC, the USA advanced no further than the second round in the 2006, 2009, and 2013 WBCs.
Sunday’s game is believed to be the first time the Cuban national team played in Miami since the Cuban revolution in 1959.
Miami is home to the largest Cuban population in the U.S. and there were protests condemning the island’s dictatorship outside the ballpark. Three separate fans also ran onto the field during play with signs and flags,
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