PHOENIX (CBSSPORTS.COM) – Team USA is missing maybe the best five American pitchers — Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, David Price, CC Sabathia and Jered Weaver — as it tries to buck its stunningly mediocre World Baseball Classic record and win in the sport America invented.
But say this for this team: They brought a group with an uncommonly patriotic bent. The 27 guys who agreed to play for Joe Torre’s team are a supremely focused, determined and even personable group that is talking a great game on the eve of the third WBC event.
“Write this, ‘We didn’t come all the way here to (bleepin’) lose,'” USA outfielder Adam Jones said.
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