Canada wins bronze in World Cup
U.S. vs. Cuba championship game Sunday on MLB Network
While the baseball world awaited Sunday's World Cup final between the United States and Cuba, Canada took the most significant of three consolation games played Saturday.With a 6-2 win over Puerto Rico, Canada captured its first bronze medal in the international competition. Jimmy Van Ostrand drove in three runs, two on a ninth-inning homer off Richard Rodriguez to break open a tight game. In Saturday's other action, Australia downed the Netherlands, 4-1, for a fifth-place finish and its best-ever World Cup showing, and Venezuela claimed seventh place with a 6-3 triumph over Chinese Taipei. David Welch and Dushan Ruzic combined on an eight-hitter for Australia, which got a solo homer from Stephan Welch. Venezuela rallied from a 2-0 deficit on Dirimo Chavez's tying two-run single in the sixth and another two-run single by Rene Reyes in the eighth. In Sunday's final in Nettuno, Italy, to be broadcast at 9 a.m. ET by MLB Network, the U.S. will try to repeat its victory over Cuba in the 2007 final to claim consecutive World Cups for the first time since 1973-74. Team USA is undefeated in seven Cup games while Cuba, which has claimed 25 of the 29 World Cups it has entered, is 5-2. One of the losses was to the U.S., 5-3, on Thursday. This will be the 12th appearance for the No. 4-ranked United States in the gold medal game of the biennial tournament.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.