Saturday, February 24, 2018
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No penalties issued over brawl

PHOENIX — The violent misdeeds of the Mexican and Canadian teams will go unpunished.

The World Baseball Classic decided no players will be suspended in the aftermath of Saturday's nasty brawl. Video of the fighting spread across the globe, giving the WBC a major-league dose of unwanted attention.

The organizers said Sunday that though the mayhem "runs counter to the spirit of sportsmanship and respectful competition," suspensions would not be appropriate because one team and possibly both will not advance to the second round.

Canada's 10-3 victory eliminated Mexico from the competition. Canada was eliminated Sunday in a 9-4 loss to the United States.

The organizers, in a statement attributed to World Baseball Classic Inc., said punishment would be in inappropriate because of the format of the tournament, which is now held every four years.

"Because at least one club — and potentially both — will not advance to the second round, WBCI has determined that disciplinary measures would not have a meaningful corrective impact," the statement said.

The brawl began in the ninth inning Saturday when Canada's Rene Tosoni was hit by a pitch from Mexico's Arnold Leon after Canadian Chris Robinson reached on a bunt single.

MORE WBC: Adam Jones doubled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth inning and Eric Hosmer hit a three-run double in the ninth for the United States, which advanced to the second round. The Rays' Ben Zobrist had three hits, none of which left the infield. … Robinson Cano homered as the Dominican Republic finished 3-0 in Pool C with a 4-2 victory over Puerto Rico. The Rays' Fernando Rodney earned the save. … Two-time defending champion Japan hit a record-tying six home runs to rout the Netherlands 16-4 and reach the semifinals. … Miguel Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval hit consecutive home runs in Venezuela's 11-6 victory over Spain in a consolation game.

ORTIZ AILING: The Red Sox will shut down DH David Ortiz for several days with a sore left heel. Manager John Farrell said he expects the slugger to be out for five to seven days because of inflammation. Ortiz played only 90 games last season for last-place Boston because of a strained right Achilles tendon.

MANNY TO TAIWAN: Former major-league All-Star Manny Ramirez will arrive in Taiwan today and sign with the EDA Rhinos. Ramirez's agent, Barry Praver, confirmed the slugger had an agreement in place to join the China Professional Baseball League team.

A'S: Left-hander Brett Anderson, the scheduled opening day starter, strained a muscle in his upper right back and is listed as day to day.

BREWERS: Right-hander Kelvim Escobar, who has been sidelined with a nerve impingement just above his pitching hand, was given his unconditional release. Escobar, 36, has pitched in one major-league game since the end of the 2007 season.

CARDINALS: Manager Mike Matheny left the team and returned to St. Louis for surgery to repair a ruptured disc in his lower back. Matheny expects to be back by Thursday.

CUBS: First baseman Anthony Rizzo rejoined the team for a one-day break during the World Baseball Classic. He'll return to Team Italy when it plays in the second round this week in Miami.

INDIANS: Manager Terry Francona picked right-hander Zach McAllister to be the club's No. 4 starter.

MARINERS: Right-handed reliever Josh Kinney has a stress reaction on the left side of his rib cage and is likely to start the season on the disabled list.

METS: Right-hander Zack Wheeler, the team's top pitching prospect, was reassigned to minor-league camp.

ORIOLES: Right-hander Chris Tillman was scratched from his start with abdominal soreness. Tillman and manager Buck Showalter said he could have pitched during the regular season.

PADRES: Infielder Logan Forsythe, who has a history of foot problems dating to college, will miss at least three to four days with plantar fasciitis.

RANGERS: Nolan Ryan said he has had "productive" conversations with ownership about his role as the team's chief executive officer. Speculation about Ryan's role and future with the club have been growing since some seemingly routine promotions nine days earlier.

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