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Cuba 1-3 USA, bottom 2nd


Trea Turner, yesterday’s hero, is up next. He does it yet again, hitting a massive solo home run to pad the US lead!

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Cuba 1-2 USA, bottom 1st inning


And just like that, USA takes a lead with Paul Goldschmidt crushing a ball right out of the park for a home run. The killer 1-2-3 of this USA lineup already pays dividends.

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Cuba 1-0 USA, top 1st inning


Now, this sets up Cuba’s home run threat Alfredo Despaigne. This is exactly how they would draw up an ideal first inning. Wainwright falls behind 2-0. Despaigne takes a strike down the middle, that looked like a good pitch to hit too.


Despaigne has his seven home runs in the WBC, impressive considering how few games Cuba has played. Despaigne fouls the next pitch off. 2-2. Wainwright’s next pitch is outside. 3-2. Another ball will walk in a run.


Wainwright tries to get him out with his curve, but it’s just off the plate. He walks in a run!

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Cuba 0-0 USA, top 1st inning


Adam Wainwright’s first pitch is ball one to Roel Santos. Santos smacks his second pitch for what’s ruled an infield hit. Cuba has a leadoff base runner.

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Cuba 1-3 USA, 2nd bottom

At first, Trout plays a runner, and I begin to shy away from my prediction that it won’t be a scoring game. I feel like it might get out of hand right now.

Trout swings and misses for a hit, then nearly knocks one down. He’s in the park and he just came out number three. Until the third inning!

Cuba 1-3 USA, 2nd bottom

Betts continues his hot attack, scoring a single in the outfield. He’s 2-for-2 and the line keeps moving for the United States.

Single home run! (Three Turner, Cuba 1-3 USA)

Cuba 1-3 USA, 2nd bottom

Treya Turner, yesterday’s hero, is next in line. He does it one more time by hitting a massive solo home run to increase the US lead!

Cuba 1-2 USA, 2nd bottom

Tim Anderson is next to receive the ball before going wild on the next pitch. 1-1 Next pitch is far outside. 2-1 He fouls the next off 2-2. The next serve has to be a strike, you feel it, but it’s called a ball and that makes it complete.

Anderson ends the battle with a weak ground. Two away.

Cuba 1-2 USA, 2nd bottom

Elias went to the second half of the work. Pete Alonso is ready to play and, having worked out the score 2:2, he takes off first.

Cuba 1-2 USA best 2nd inning

Moncada strikes. 0-1 Next inning just around the corner. 1-1 He takes the ball from the outside. 2-1 He commits a foul 2-2. Then he moves on to Tim Anderson for the final out of the inning and we’re heading towards the end of the second.

Cuba 1-2 USA best 2nd inning

Santos comes out for a second out, but Drake gets to second base in the game. So the runner is in a winning position for Moncada.

Cuba 1-2 USA best 2nd inning

Guibert is next, he’s 0-2 down and clears out. John Smoltz talks about “nobody knows how to talk anymore” and he talks exactly like the grandfather you don’t like to talk to during holiday get-togethers.

Cuba 1-2 USA best 2nd inning

Yadir Drake hits one of those dirty first-strike home runs to start the second inning. Wainwright’s next serve for the ball. 1-1 The next serve hits the corner. 1-2 The next pitch is the first hit to leave the infield. Cuba has another leader.

Cuba 1-2 USA, bottom 1st inning

Smith is ahead with a runner on first and two outs. Elias is down again 2-0, but Smith hits hard on the third and goes empty. 2-1 The next step is in the dirt. 3-1 That’s a great record for a hitter, but Smith just clears one in the infield for an out.

However, Paul Goldschmidt made it early with a 2-1 USA. Yup, it already looks like Cuba should have gotten more out of the top first.

Cuba 1-2 USA, bottom 1st inning

Kyle Schwarber is next with two outs. He leads 3-0 and then he goes for a walk and here comes Will Smith who has heard all your slapping jokes, thank you very much.

Cuba 1-2 USA, bottom 1st inning

Next up is Nolan Arenado, who scores four innings.

2 run home run! (Paul Goldschmidt, Cuba 1-2 USA)

Cuba 1-2 USA, bottom 1st inning

And just like that, the US takes the lead with Paul Goldschmidt smashing a ball right out of the park for a home run. The 1-2-3 killer of this US lineup is already paying dividends.

Cuba 1-0 USA, 1st lower half

Mike Trout, who hits odd two holes, is next. Elias leads Trout 1-2. It looks like Trout will get at least a hit, but Joklis Gibert catches the ball deftly from right field in the first half.

Cuba 1-0 USA, 1st lower half

Roenis Elias, who has been jumping through the majors for the past few years, is playing against the United States here, and Mookie Betts beats him with the first double.

Cuba 1-0 USA, best 1st inning

Ariel Martinez goes shortstop and somehow Wainwright avoids the jam by giving up just one run. This is a huge amount for them, and it could end up being a huge early waste for Cuba.

Cuba 1-0 USA, best 1st inning

Andy Ibanez is moving up to second and now the US is a long way from coming out of it, having just given up one run.

Cuba 1-0 USA, best 1st inning

Next up is Erisbel Arrubarrena. Wainwright falls behind again, 2-0. Finally, he strikes with a curve that hits the heart of the cymbal. 2-1 Arruebarrena swings and misses on her next move. 2-2

And he hits a ground ball to third base, throws home plate on time, and it’s the first out of the inning. The databases are still loaded, but there is one.

Run on a base-laden walk! (Alfredo Despain, Cuba 1-0 USA)

Cuba 1-0 USA, best 1st inning

So, this poses a threat to Alfredo Despain’s Cuban home run. That’s how they would have made the perfect first inning. Wainwright trails 2-0. Despaigne hits the center, which also looked like a good hitting serve.

Despain has seven WBC home runs, which is impressive considering how few games Cuba has played. Despaigne fouls on the next innings 2-2. Wainwright’s next pitch is outside. 3-2 Another ball will go on the run.

Wainwright tries to pull him out of his curve, but it’s just not on the plate. He is running!

Cuba 0-0 USA best 1st inning

It’s sort of the traditional Cuban style of baseball: contact and speed. Louis Robert does the same and it seems to drive Wainwright crazy (no pun intended), he gets the weak contact he wants but can’t turn it into an out. The bases are loaded and no one is there.

Cuba 0-0 USA best 1st inning

Yoan Moncada is next. He leads the score 2-1. Moncada swings and misses on the next serve. 2-2 Then he hits the tapper, which bounces and just stays fair. Moncada leads him and it’s another infield hit from Wainwright.

First serve

Cuba 0-0 USA best 1st inning

Adam Wainwright’s first serve is the first for Roel Santos. Santos slaps his second pitch for what counts as an infield hit. Cuba has a leading runner.

Most of the Cuban population in the Miami area comes from families that fled the Fidel Castro regime and harbor negative thoughts about the current government, so the atmosphere can be tense.


USA vs Cuba, in Little Havana. The Cuban national team will play in Miami for the first time ever. Protests have been organized for the game around the stadium. Winner advances to the WBC Final. It’s going to be another historic night, that’s for sure.

— Shawn Spradling (@Shawn_Spradling) March 19, 2023



USA vs Cuba, in Little Havana. The Cuban national team will play in Miami for the first time. Protests against the game were organized around the stadium. The winner advances to the WBC Finals. It will be another historic night, that’s for sure.

— Shawn Spradling (@Shawn_Spradling) March 19, 2023

I’m trying to figure out, given Miami’s very specific politics, whether this will sound like a home game to Cuba or not. I think we will see.

Quick recap: This special edition could have used a lot more Ohtani and a lot less Justin Verlander’s brother. It’s still better than half an hour listening to John Smoltz explain his thoughts before a game.

And now we have the start of Cuba-USA! Real baseball coming soon!

Hey, congratulations to Fox Sports 1 on a well-deserved introductory program for international baseball competition: a special interview with Shohei Otani. Much more fitting than the special race car shown before Friday’s game.


Okay, yesterday I guessed that the US would be able to get a quasi upset victory over Venezuela, and while it was a little easy for a while, it worked out in the end. I guess I’ll let it go and I’m assuming they can win again despite having to play back to back games.

I’m a little less sure, simply because it’s a little more difficult for them to prepare for a team with so many lesser-known players, even if communication between the two countries has opened up since the last WBC game.

I do not expect such an aggressive explosion as yesterday’s 9-7 back and forth. Maybe it will be something like a 4-3 victory for the USA?

Is there another opinion? Or, even better, do you want to agree with me and say what a wise soothsayer I am? In any case, you can email us your predictions (at or via Twitter (at @HunterFelt) and we will publish them here in the early stages of the live blog.

Hey, some potentially big news if Cuba needs a striker in a key opportunity during today’s game. Cespedes hasn’t played in the majors for several years, but the 37-year-old has veteran experience fighting MLB-caliber jocks and probably still has some pop left in his beats.

Former big leaguer Yoenis Cespedes, who had left Team Cuba in Tokyo for "personal reasons, " is back with the team. He took BP here but is not in starting lineup.

— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) March 19, 2023


Former major league player Yoenis Cespedes, who left the Cuban national team in Tokyo for “personal reasons”, has returned to the team. He took BP here, but not in the starting lineup.

— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) March 19, 2023

Cuba starting XI

1. Roel Santos, L.F.

2. Yoan Moncada, 3B

3. Louis Robert, CF

4. Alfredo Despain, DH

5. Erisbel Arruebarruena, SS

6. Andy Ibanez, 2B

7. Ariel Martinez, C

8. Yadir Drake, 1B

9. Joelkis Guibert, RF

Starting pitcher: Roenis Elias

US starting lineup

1. Muki Betts, RF

2. Mike Trout, CF

3. Paul Goldschmidt, 1B

4. Nolan Arando, 3B

5. Kyle Schwarber, LF

6. Will Smith, C

7. Pete Alonso, DH

8. Tim Anderson, 2B

9. Treya Turner, SS

Starting pitcher: Adam Wainwright


I won’t lie, it didn’t look like the US would go that far. It appeared that Venezuela were on track for the semi-final matchup against Cuba after troubling control issues with American pitcher Daniel Bard saw them lose a 5-2 lead midway through the game. However, Trea Turner’s grand slam in the 8th inning ensured that the Bard (or manager Mark DeRosa, who left his reliever for too long) wouldn’t be an asshole yesterday.

So now they are confronted by the Cuban team, which first time in WBC history now featuring current and former MLB players like Luis Robert and Yoan Moncada of the Chicago White Sox, it’s an intriguing mix of both known and unknown that could get this US team into trouble. The two teams have never met at the World Baseball Classic before, and in fact, this could be a completely historic sporting event.

Even the mound tarp is ready for The @WBCBaseball semis @loanDepotpark. Team USA vs Team Cuba. Believed to be Cuba’s first game in Miami since at least 1959. @JimBowdenGM & I have the call 7pET @MLBNetworkRadio

— Mike Ferrin (@Mike_Ferrin) March 19, 2023


On the mound, USA will have starting Adam Wainwright and Cuba will have starting left-hander Roenis Elias. The winner of today’s semi-final will go to the championship game to face the winner of tomorrow’s game between Japan and Mexico.

As usual, we would love to hear from you during this game, you can send in your thoughts and comments and we will use them in this live blog. You can send them to or tweet at @HunterFelt.

Cuba vs. USA in the first of two WBC semi-finals at LoanDepot Park in Miami. The game starts on Fox Sports 1 at 7:00 pm EST, but we’ll be back to that time with lineups, predictions, and other such stuff before kickoff.

Hunter will be here soon. In the meantime, here’s how Saturday’s quarter-finals went:

Trea Turner won the Grand Slam in the eighth inning to take the United States to a 9-7 victory over Venezuela on Saturday night to advance to the World Baseball Classic semi-finals.

Trailing 7–5, the United States loaded the bases in eighth on a walk, single and hit by a pitch against underdog pitcher José Quijada. Silvino Bracho was relieved and then Turner, the ninth batter for the USA, sent his substitute 0-2 407 feet deep into left field, the third Grand Slam in Team USA history.

David Bednar, the fifth U.S. pitcher, won. Ryan Pressley made three saves.

Luis Arraes, who plays in the stadium he will soon call home with the Miami Marlins, hit two home runs for Venezuela.

Team USA boasts a roster of big names that many have chosen to repeat as WBC champions.

All nine hitters on Team USA are stars, including Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, and Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado.

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Asian stocks fall after Credit Suisse takeover



BEIJING– Asian stock markets tumbled on Monday after Swiss authorities orchestrated a takeover of troubled Credit Suisse amid fears of a global banking crisis ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting to decide on further potential rate hikes.

Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong refused. Oil prices retreated.

Swiss authorities on Sunday announced that UBS would acquire its smaller competitor as regulators try to ease fears about banks following the collapse of two US lenders. Central banks announced a coordinated effort to stabilize the situation with creditors, including the possibility of borrowing US dollars if necessary.

Investors fear that banks will burst due to unexpectedly fast and large interest rate hikes over the past year aimed at reducing economic activity and inflation. This caused the prices of bonds and other assets to drop on their ledgers, causing concern about the financial health of the industry.

“Investors are waiting for the dust to settle in the banking saga before taking any bold steps,” Stephen Innes of SPI Asset Management said in a report.

The Hang Seng in Hong Kong shed 2.8% to hit 18,967.52 and the Nikkei 225 in Tokyo shed 1.2% to hit 26,990.25.

The Shanghai Composite lost less than 0.1% to 3247.41 after China’s central bank freed up more money for lending on Friday, cutting the amount of money businesses must keep in reserve.

Kospi fell 0.6% to 2382.03 in Seoul and S in SydneyThe &P-ASX 200 lost 1.4% to 6900.00.

The Indian Sensex opened down 1.1% to 57,341.79. Markets in New Zealand and Southeast Asia also declined.

The Swiss government said UBS would acquire Credit Suisse for nearly $3.25 billion after the troubled lender’s plan to borrow up to $54 billion from the Swiss central bank did not reassure investors and customers.

US regulators have also sought to allay concerns about threats to banking systems. The Federal Reserve said cash-strapped banks borrowed about $300 billion from the Federal Reserve in the week to Thursday.

Separately, New York Community Bank agreed to buy a significant stake in failed Signature Bank in a $2.7 billion deal, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said. said at the end of Sunday. The FDIC said the $60 billion in Signature Bank loans will remain in receivership and are expected to be sold on time.

Concerns remain about other lenders with shaky finances. Credit Suisse is one of the 30 institutions known as globally systemically important banks. Ahead of the takeover, Wall Street’s benchmark pThe &P 500 lost 1.1% on Friday to 3916.64.

Shares of First Republic Bank fell nearly 33%, bringing their weekly decline to 71.8%.

The Dow Jones industrial index lost 1.2% to 31,861.98 points. The Nasdaq composite index fell 0.7% to 11,630.51 points.

Unexpectedly large and rapid rate hikes by the Fed and other central banks to reduce inflation, which is close to multi-year highs, have sent bond and other asset prices down on their books.

Traders expect last week’s turmoil to push the Fed to cap its rate hike at this week’s meeting to 0.25 percentage points. This will be the same as the previous increase and half as much as margin traders previously expected.

A survey released on Friday by the University of Michigan showed that US consumer inflation expectations are declining. This is important for the Fed, which said such expectations can fuel virtuous and vicious circles.

In energy markets, US benchmark oil fell 55 cents to $66.19 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell $1.61 on Friday to $66.74. Brent crude, the benchmark price for international crude, fell 65 cents to $72.32 a barrel in London. It fell $1.73 to $72.97 in the previous session.

The dollar rose to 131.83 yen from 131.67 yen on Friday. The euro fell to $1.0676 from $1.0681.

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Banking giant UBS acquires smaller competitor Credit Suisse to avoid market turmoil



GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — Banking giant UBS is buying its smaller competitor Credit Suisse to avoid further turmoil in the global banking market, Swiss President Alain Berset said Sunday night.

Berset, who did not elaborate on the value of the deal, called the announcement “very broad for the stability of international finance.” The uncontrolled collapse of Credit Suisse will have unintended consequences for the country and the international financial system.”

The Swiss president said the council agreed to guarantee a total of 150 billion francs liquidity for the 167-year-old bank, far exceeding the 50 billion (54 million Swiss francs) figure that was announced publicly. But this was not enough.

“We noted that liquidity outflows and market volatility have demonstrated that the necessary confidence can no longer be restored and a quick solution is needed to ensure stability.”

Swiss Finance Minister Karin Keller-Sutter said the board “regrets that a bank that was once a model institution in Switzerland and part of our strong position could even get into this situation.”

The combination of two of the largest and most famous Swiss banks, each with a storied history dating back to the mid-19th century, is like a thunderbolt on Switzerland’s reputation as a world financial center, leaving it on the cusp of a single national champion. to banks. Part of the trouble that Credit Suisse has faced in recent years stems from a spy scandal that was commissioned by its executives to spy on a former colleague who defected to UBS.

Berset said the Federal Council – Switzerland’s executive branch – has already been discussing Credit Suisse’s long-standing difficult situation since the start of the year and has held emergency meetings over the past four days amid growing concerns about its financial condition, causing major swoons in Switzerland. its stock price and sparked the specter of the financial crisis of 2007-2008.

Credit Suisse has been designated by the Financial Stability Board, the international body that oversees the global financial system, as one of the world’s systemically important banks. This means that regulators believe that its uncontrolled collapse will lead to unrest throughout the financial system, similar to the collapse of Lehman Brothers 15 years ago.

Sunday press conference follows crash two large American banks last week, which spurred crazy, broad answer from US government to prevent further banking panic. However, global financial markets are under pressure as the share price of Credit Suisse began to plummet this week.

Many from Credit Suisse problems are unique and do not intersect with the weaknesses that led to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank, whose failures led to significant rescue efforts Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and Federal Reserve. As a result, their decline does not necessarily signal the onset of a financial crisis like the one that occurred in 2008.

The deal ends a highly volatile week for Credit Suisse. especially on wednesday when its shares fell to a record low after its biggest investor, the National Bank of Saudi Arabia, said it would no longer invest in the bank to avoid violating rules that would come into effect if its stake rose by about 10%. .

On Friday, shares fell 8% to close at 1.86 francs ($2) on the Swiss exchange. The shares have suffered a long decline: in 2007 they traded at over 80 francs.

The current problems began after Credit Suisse said on Tuesday that managers had identified “materials” in the bank’s internal control system for financial statements as of the end of last year. This fanned fears that Credit Suisse would be the next domino.

Although Credit Suisse is smaller than its Swiss rival UBS, it still wields significant influence, managing $1.4 trillion in assets. The firm has significant sales teams around the world, serves the rich and wealthy through its wealth management business, and is the principal M&A advisor to global companies. Notably, Credit Suisse did not need government bailouts in 2008 during the financial crisis, while UBS did.

Despite banking turmoil, the European Central Bank on Thursday approved a large increase of half a percentage point in interest rates to try to curb persistently high inflation, saying Europe’s banking sector is “resilient” with strong finances.

ECB President Christine Lagarde said that during the financial crisis, banks “are in a very different position compared to 2008”, partly because of more stringent government regulation.

The Swiss bank is pushing to raise money from investors and roll out a new strategy to overcome multiple challenges, including bad hedge fund betsrepeated changes in top management And spy scandal involving UBS.

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