Team USA Has Bats And Resolve To Win WBC

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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.

Torre and his veteran group of coaches, including longtime right-hand men Larry Bowa and Willie Randolph, are impressed by the competitive attitude shown by a group led by David Wright, Joe Mauer,

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