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Eddy Alvarez Selected as Team USA Flag Bearer for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

Alvarez is the first athlete from the sport of baseball to carry the U.S. flag in the Opening Ceremony
July 21, 2021
TOKYO – U.S. Olympic Baseball Team infielder Eddy Alvarez was selected as Team USA’s flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced today. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 23 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. Four-time

TOKYO – U.S. Olympic Baseball Team infielder Eddy Alvarez was selected as Team USA’s flag-bearer for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced today. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Friday, July 23 at Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.

Four-time Olympic Champion basketball player Sue Bird was also named a Team USA flag bearer for the Opening Ceremony. Alvarez and Bird were chosen by a vote of fellow Team USA athletes and are the first duo to share the honor of leading the delegation into the Opening Ceremony, which serves as the official start to the Games. Of the 613 athletes who were named to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team, more than 230 are set to walk in Friday’s Opening Ceremony. 

In March 2020 – and prior to the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games due to the COVID pandemic – the International Olympic Committee amended its policy to allow national teams to appoint two flag bearers – one female and one male – in a nod to promote gender parity. The IOC also required that at least one male and one female athlete be included in each of the 206 national delegations that will compete in Tokyo.

Alvarez brings Olympic experience to Tokyo having competed in the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 and won a silver medal as part of the 5,000-meter four-man short track speedskating team. Alvarez currently plays professionally in the Miami Marlins Minor League system and, in addition to being the first Winter Olympic Games medalist to play in Major League Baseball, is the first athlete from the sport of baseball to carry the U.S. flag in the Opening Ceremony.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be named as one of the flag bearers by my fellow Team USA athletes for the Opening Ceremony,” said Alvarez. “Being a first-generation Cuban-American, my story represents the American Dream. My family has sacrificed so much for me to have the opportunity to wave this flag proudly. I am grateful for my time with U.S. Speedskating and USA Baseball, as well as for all of my teammates, and I am humbled to lead Team USA into the Tokyo Olympic Games.”

Determined by the language of the host country and according to IOC protocol and executive board decision, Greece will march first, followed by the Refugee Olympic Team second. As upcoming host countries, the United States and France will be two of the final three countries to walk, with host country Japan closing out the Opening Ceremony.

NBC Olympics will provide unprecedented full-day coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics this Friday, July 23. The day will culminate on NBC in what is always one of the most popular nights of the Olympics with the primetime presentation of the Ceremony at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT. The day begins on NBC with the network’s first-ever live morning broadcast of an Opening Ceremony at 6:55 a.m. ET/3:55 a.m. PT, followed by a special edition of TODAY with reaction and athlete interviews, and then NBC’s first-ever Olympic Daytime show on the opening Friday of the Games.

Following the year-long postponement of the Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Opening Ceremony will take place Friday, July 23, with competition beginning today and concluding Sunday, Aug. 8.

Team USA fans can follow the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team at TeamUSA.org and across Team USA’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. The U.S. Olympic Team microsite will offer Team USA results from the Olympic Games, as well as athlete biographies, sport previews, a history book, competition schedules, and facts and figures about the U.S. delegation.

  • U.S. Olympic Team Flag Bearers – Opening Ceremony (summer only)
  • 1908: Ralph Rose, Track and Field
  • 1912: George Bonhag, Track and Field
  • 1920: Patrick McDonald, Track and Field
  • 1924: Patrick McDonald, Track and Field
  • 1928: Lemuel (Bud) Houser, Track and Field
  • 1932: F. Morgan Taylor, Track and Field
  • 1936: Alfred Jochim, Gymnastics
  • 1948: Ralph Craig, Yachting
  • 1952: Norman Armitage, Fencing
  • 1956: Norman Armitage, Fencing; Warren Wooford, Equestrian*
  • 1960: Rafer Johnson, Track and Field
  • 1964: William Parry O’Brien, Track and Field
  • 1968: Janice Lee Romary, Fencing
  • 1972: Olga Fikotova Connolly, Track and Field
  • 1976: Gary Hall, Swimming
  • 1980: U.S. did not attend
  • 1984: Edward Burke, Track and Field
  • 1988: Evelyn Ashford, Track and Field
  • 1992: Francie Larrieu Smith, Track and Field
  • 1996: Bruce Baumgartner, Wrestling
  • 2000: Cliff Meidl, Canoe/Kayak
  • 2004: Dawn Staley, Basketball
  • 2008: Lopez Lomong, Track and Field
  • 2012: Mariel Zagunis, Fencing
  • 2016: Michael Phelps, Swimming
  • 2020: Eddy Alvarez, Baseball; Sue Bird, Basketball

 

*Due to Australia’s immigration laws for horses, the 1956 equestrian events were held in Stockholm, Sweden.

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U.S. Olympic Team Wraps Up Training with 5-2 Win

Casas homers, drives in three in final tune-up before Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
July 20, 2021
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CARY, N.C. – Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox AA) drove in three runs on Tuesday, including a first-inning two-run homer, as the U.S. Olympic Team took down the Collegiate National Team, 5-2, in its final tune-up game before the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.                                                                                     

The Collegiate National Team cracked the scoreboard early, striking first on a solo homer by Brooks Lee (Cal Poly). Lee turned on the second pitch of the game, cranking it over the wall in right field to put the Collegiate National Team up 1-0.

After Simeon Woods-Richardson (Toronto Blue Jays AA) struck out the next three batters, the Olympic Team responded in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and Todd Frazier on first, Casas launched a two-run shot to center field to put the Olympic Team in front, 2-1.

Woods-Richardson continued his dominance in the second inning, striking out the side for the second consecutive inning. The Olympic Team then threatened with two runners on in the bottom of the frame, but Parker Messick (Florida State) escaped the trouble to keep the deficit at one.

In the top of the third, Woods-Richardson recorded his seventh-straight strikeout to open the inning. But three consecutive singles by Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss), Lee, and Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) got through to tie the game at two runs apiece.

The Olympic Team nearly took the lead back in the bottom of the inning with a two-out rally against Justin Campbell (Oklahoma State) when Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) and Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati Reds AA) both singled to put the go-ahead run in scoring position. But Campbell managed to escape the jam when he got Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) to line out.

After Shane Baz (Tampa Bay Rays AAA) replaced Woods-Richardson and put up a scoreless frame in the fourth, the Olympic Team jumped back in front in the bottom of the inning. Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) led off with a double before Frazier brought him home with a two-out single to right field, making it 3-2 in favor of the Olympic Team.

The game’s middle innings were dominated by pitching. Baz scattered a pair of hits in the fifth frame, but picked up a strikeout in a scoreless inning of work. Nate Savino (Virginia) held the Olympic Team scoreless in the fifth to keep the Collegiate Team within a run. 

Anthony Gose (Cleveland Indians AAA) turned in a scoreless inning in the seventh before the Olympic Team added a pair of insurance runs. Casas once again showed off his power, tripling off the wall in center field to drive in Frazier. Jamie Westbrook (Milwaukee Brewers AAA) followed with an infield single to plate Casas and make it a 5-2 game before David Robertson came in and picked up the save for the second straight day, striking out the side in the game’s final inning to secure the series sweep for the Olympic Team.

Baz picked up the win with three scoreless innings, striking out six as part of five scoreless innings by the Olympic Team bullpen. Casas’ 2-for-5 performance was one of five multi-hit games for the Olympic Team. Allen, Filia, Frazier, and Westbrook all collected two hits in the win.

Savino suffered the loss for the Collegiate National Team, allowing the go-ahead run in two innings of work. Brooks Lee led the team’s offensive attack, picking up three hits and an RBI. Daniel Susac (Arizona) also turned in a multi-hit game for the Collegiate National Team, collecting two hits in the game.

This series wraps up the 2021 Collegiate National Team’s summer tour following an 11-game series from June 2-15 before the squad went head-to-head with the Olympic Team. Following this three-game exhibition series, the Olympic Team will travel to Japan on Wednesday, July 21, and will participate in the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, July 23. Team USA’s first game of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is scheduled for July 30 against Israel at 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT

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U.S. Olympic Team Wins Pitcher's Duel Over Collegiate National Team, 1-0

Nick Martinez strikes out nine in five shutout innings for the win
July 20, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E Team USA  0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 CNT 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 Win: Nick Martinez  |  Loss: Jaxon Wiggins  |  Save: David Robertson Box Score |  Plays
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The U.S. Olympic Team's patience paid off in a 1-0 win over the Collegiate National Team on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in the second game of a three-game exhibition series. Nick Martinez (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks) led the Olympic Team on the mound in the pitcher’s duel, tossing five shutout innings while striking out nine batters.

After neither offense could get anything going in the first, the Collegiate National Team were the first to get the bats going in the second inning when Gavin Cross (Virginia Tech) hit a leadoff-single into left. Cross moved over to third on a one-out single from Logan Tanner (Mississippi State), but a strikeout and pop out got Martinez out of the jam.

After a couple of walks in the first three frames, the Olympic Team got its first hit of the game in the fourth inning on a double from Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA) down the left field line. One batter later, Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA) drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out, but southpaw Chris Villaman (NC State) got out of the jam with a flyout and a strikeout.

The Olympic Team threatened once again in the fifth, loading the bases with a pair of walks and an error, but the Collegiate National Team was able to escape unscathed, after Jaxon Wiggins got a flyout to end the inning.

Using defense as momentum, the Collegiate National Team got back-to-back singles off the bats of Robert Moore (Arkansas) and Jacob Gonzalez (Ole Miss). Martinez then got the next two batters to strike out swinging to strand the runners.

The Olympic Team finally broke through to bring its first and only run across in the sixth, rallying with two outs when Tim Federowicz (Los Angeles Dodgers AAA) and Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA) got consecutive singles and Jack Lopez (Boston Red Sox AAA) drew a walk to load the bases before Eddy Alvarez (Miami Marlins AA) drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in the go-ahead run.

That was all the Olympic Team bullpen would need as they did not allow a hit in the final four frames. Anthony Carter (Saraperos de Saltillo) pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings, while Ryder Ryan (Texas Rangers AAA) and David Robertson each tossed scoreless innings. Ryder struck out the side in the eighth while Robertson collected a lineout and two punchouts of his own to earn the save.

Martinez got the win in the contest and collected nine of the Olympic Team’s 17 strikeouts. Nick Allen led the way for the Olympic Team offense with two hits while Filia, Alvarez, and Lopez all drew two walks. Collectively, Team USA tallied eight walks in the game. Gavin Cross was the Collegiate National Team’s offensive leader, collecting two of the team’s five hits in the game. Wiggins suffered the loss, but the Collegiate National Team pitching staff combined for eight strikeouts in the contest.

The three-game series will conclude tomorrow with an afternoon contest at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. EDT and the game will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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GAMEDAY: Collegiate and Olympic National Teams Square Off In Durham

July 19, 2021
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The U.S. Olympic Baseball Team faces off against the Collegiate National Team in game two of a three-game exhibition series to prepare Team USA for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sunday's game is set for 6:35 p.m. at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina.

The game is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at online or at the Durham Bulls ticket booth. Fans can watch the game online on the official website for USA Baseball, as well as on Facebook Live.

Team USA took the series opener with an 8-3 victory over the Collegiate National Team. Eddy Alvarez and Patrick Kivlehan contributed home runs for the Olympic Team while Scott Kazmir picked up the win on the mound. Jacob Berry (LSU) also hit a home run in the game for the Collegiate National Team. Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) suffered the loss.

 

EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

- July 19, 2021 – 6:35 p.m. EDT
Team USA vs. Collegiate National TeamDurham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham, N.C.) // Tickets

- July 20, 2021 – 1 p.m. EDT
Collegiate National Team vs. Team USA
USA Baseball National Training Complex (Cary, N.C.) // Tickets

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U.S. Olympic Team Opens Exhibition Series With 8-3 Win Over Collegiate National Team

First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Cary
July 18, 2021
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E CNT  0 0 0 2 0 0 1 X  X 3 7 0 Team USA  5 3 0 0 0 0 X  X X 8 9 0 Win: S. Kazmir  |  Loss: G. Hughes Box Score |  Plays  CARY, N.C.
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CARY, N.C. – The U.S. Olympic Team kicked off a three-game series against the Collegiate National Team on Sunday night, tuning up for their trip to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 with an 8-3 win in a rain-shortened seven-inning game at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina.

Playing against the country’s top collegiate players, the Olympic Team scored eight runs in the game's first two innings and got five strong innings from starter Scott Kazmir (AAA San Francisco Giants) to secure the series-opening win.

The Olympic Team got started early, with the first three batters reaching base. Jack Lopez (AAA Boston Red Sox) led off the inning with a walk, before Eddy Alvarez (AAA Miami Marlins) and Todd Frazier followed with back-to-back singles. Collegiate National Team starter Gabriel Hughes (Gonzaga) nearly escaped a bases-loaded jam, but Eric Filia’s (AAA Seattle Mariners) two-run single started a two-out rally for the Olympic Team. With a pair of runners on, Patrick Kivlehan (AAA San Diego Padres) cranked a three-run homerun to left field to put the Olympic Team up by five runs in the opening frame.

Kazmir, who struck out the side in the top of the first, continued to dominate in the second inning. The left-hander struck out the first two batters of the second – his fourth and fifth of nine punchouts in the game – in a perfect inning to keep the Olympians up by five.

The Olympic Team offense stayed hot in the second inning, extending its lead to six on a Lopez sacrifice fly. Then, one batter later, Alvarez hit a two-run homer to center field, driving in Nick Allen (AA Oakland A's) to make it 8-0.

After the early offensive outburst, the Olympic Team was held at bay by the Collegiate National Team bullpen. Paul Skenes (Air Force) tossed two scoreless frames in relief, scattering three hits before the Collegiate National Team finally cracked the scoreboard in the fourth on a two-run homer by Jordan Berry (LSU). Berry drove in Brock Jones (Stanford) – who led off the inning with a single – to put the Collegiate National Team within six.

The college squad then trimmed its deficit by one more in the top of the seventh against Edwin Jackson. Hayden Dunhurst (Ole Miss) started the inning with a leadoff bunt single before Kyle Teel (Virginia) and Drew Gilbert (Tennessee) hit back-to-back singles to make it 8-3. Anthony Gose (AAA Cleveland) replaced Jackson though and was able to escape further trouble with a strikeout and groundout to secure the win.

The Olympic Team had nine hits in the win. Kivlehan had a pair of hits, leading the team with three RBIs. Alvarez went 3-for-4 in the win, adding two singles and a stolen base to his homer and Allen reached base in all three of his plate appearances, singling once and walking twice. Kazmir secured the win with his strong five innings of work, finishing the night with nine strikeouts while allowing just three hits and a pair of runs.

Aaron Nixon (Texas) and Jack Washburn both turned in a scoreless inning out of the bullpen for the Collegiate National Team. Gilbert led the team with two hits, while Berry’s two RBIs were a team-best.

The three-game series will continue with game two on Monday night at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina, with first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. ET. The contest will be streamed live on USABaseball.com, as well as Facebook and YouTube Live.

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Twenty-Seven USA Baseball Alumni Selected to 2021 MLB All-Star Game

Seven former Team USA players selected to NL and AL starting lineups
July 12, 2021
CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET. Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red,

CARY, N.C. – Twenty-seven USA Baseball alumni have been selected to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, which is set to take place at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on Tuesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m ET.

Nearly half of the National League (NL) roster has suited up for the red, white, and blue in the past, with sixteen alums on the All-Star team in 2021. In addition, eight American League (AL) players have experience with USA Baseball.

Seven alumni were selected to the starting lineup, with six NL starters having previously represented USA Baseball. Nolan Arenado (St. Louis Cardinals), Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati Reds), Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh Pirates), Freddie Freeman (Atlanta Braves), and Jesse Winker (Cincinnati Reds) will all be in the NL starting lineup on Tuesday night. Buster Posey (San Francisco Giants) was also selected to the starting lineup but will not play due to injury.

Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels) was voted into the starting lineup for the AL but will not participate due to injury.

Additionally, 12 2021 All-Star Game participants have won a gold medal with Team USA. The roster features representatives from eight different gold medal-winning teams, including three members of the 2017 World Baseball Classic team that won the organization’s first-ever championship at the event.

In total, 15 players competed for the Collegiate National Team, while eight played for the Professional National Team, seven suited up for the 18U National Team, and two were members of the 16U National Team.

The full list of USA Baseball alumni that appear on 2021 All-Star Game rosters is as follows:

    • Name; MLB Team; USA Baseball Team(s):
    • Nolan Arenado; St. Louis Cardinals; 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Barnes; Boston Red Sox; 2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Kris Bryant; Chicago Cubs; 2012 Collegiate National Team
    • Walker Buehler; Los Angeles Dodgers; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Nick Castellanos; Cincinnati Reds; 2009 18U National Team
    • Gerrit Cole; New York Yankees; 2009-2010 Collegiate National Team
    • Brandon Crawford; San Francisco Giants; 2006 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic
    • Jake Cronenworth; San Diego Padres; 2019 Professional National Team
    • Adam Frazier; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2012 Collegiate National Team, 2015 Professional National Team
    • Freddie Freeman; Atlanta Braves; 2005 16U National Team, 2006 18U National Team
    • Joey Gallo; Texas Rangers; 2011 18U National Team
    • Kevin Gausman; San Francisco Giants; 2009 18U National Team, 2011 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Gibson; Texas Rangers; 2008 Collegiate National Team
    • Josh Hader; Milwaukee Brewers; 2015 Professional National Team
    • Craig Kimbrel; Chicago Cubs; 2013 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Lance Lynn; Chicago White Sox; 2007 Collegiate National Team
    • Manny Machado; San Diego Padres; 2009 18U National Team
    • Mark Melancon; San Diego Padres; 2005 Collegiate National Team, 2017 World Baseball Classic Team
    • Matt Olson; Oakland Athletics; 2010 16U National Team
    • *Buster Posey; San Francisco Giants; 2004 18U National Team
    • Bryan Reynolds; Pittsburgh Pirates; 2014 Collegiate National Team
    • Carlos Rodón; Chicago White Sox; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Max Scherzer; Washington Nationals; 2005 Collegiate National Team
    • Kyle Schwarber; Washington Nationals; 2013 Collegiate National Team
    • *Mike Trout; Los Angeles Angels; 2010 Professional National Team
    • Trea Turner; Washington Nationals; 2012-2013 Collegiate National Team
    • Jesse Winker; Cincinnati Reds; 2011 18U National Team
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    • *Denotes All-Star that will not play due to injury
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U.S. Olympic Team Roster Announced

Team USA will open the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 against Israel on Friday, July 30
July 2, 2021
CARY, N.C. — USA Baseball announced on MLB Network today its 24-man roster for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Seeking its third Olympic gold medal (Seoul 1988 [demonstration sport], Sydney 2000), Team USA will open the Olympic Games baseball tournament against Israel on Friday, July 30. All nominations will be

CARY, N.C. — USA Baseball announced on MLB Network today its 24-man roster for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Seeking its third Olympic gold medal (Seoul 1988 [demonstration sport], Sydney 2000), Team USA will open the Olympic Games baseball tournament against Israel on Friday, July 30. All nominations will be subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

The final roster is composed of 12 pitchers and 12 position players, and features 19 USA Baseball national team alumni, including 14 members of the Professional National Team that won the World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualifier in June.

Mike Scioscia (Manager) will once again lead the U.S. and will be rejoined on the bench by Roly de Armas (Bullpen Coach), Darren Fenster (Third Base Coach), Dave Wallace (Pitching Coach), Jerry Weinstein (First Base Coach), and Ernie Young (Hitting Coach). This staff collectively holds over 100 years of coaching experience and led the stars and stripes to a perfect 4-0 record in Olympic qualifying.

Scioscia will be available to take questions from the media following this announcement, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT. Accredited media members may RSVP HERE for the virtual conference.

“We are thrilled to announce our twenty-four newest Olympians,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “We have been looking forward to this moment since baseball returned to the Olympic Programme. Our goal was to construct this team around a core of experienced, veteran baseball players with invaluable experience at the highest level and internationally, and we have done just that. We are confident we have pieced together a team of players that will represent the United States proudly on the world stage.”

Manning the infield for the red, white, and blue is Nick Allen (Oakland Athletics AA), Eddy Alvarez (Miami Marlins AAA), Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox AA), Todd Frazier, and Jamie Westbrook (Milwaukee Brewers AAA). Tyler Austin (Yokohama DeNA Baybears), Eric Filia (Seattle Mariners AAA), Patrick Kivlehan (San Diego Padres AAA), and Bubba Starling (Kansas City AAA) will patrol the outfield, and Jack Lopez (Boston Red Sox AAA) will serve in a utility role for the squad.

Behind the dish will be Tim Federowicz (Los Angeles Dodgers AAA) and Mark Kolozsvary (Cincinnati Reds AA), and the duo will manage the 12-pitcher staff of Shane Baz (Tampa Bay Rays AAA), Anthony Carter (Saraperos de Saltillo), Brandon Dickson (St. Louis Cardinals AAA), Anthony Gose (Cleveland Indians AAA), Edwin Jackson, Scott Kazmir (San Francisco Giants AAA), Nick Martinez (Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks), Scott McGough (Tokyo Yakult Swallows), David Robertson, Joe Ryan (Tampa Bay Rays AAA), Ryder Ryan (Texas Rangers AAA), and Simeon Woods-Richardson (Toronto Blue Jays AA).

Fourteen members of the Olympic Team have logged time in Major League Baseball, including two World Series champions in Jackson (2011) and Robertson (2009). Collectively, the squad holds seven All-Star Game appearances, led by Kazmir (3) and Frazier (2). Frazier also won the Home Run Derby in 2015.

The veteran-laden roster also features three athletes currently ranked in the top-100 prospects in baseball as named by MLB Pipeline. Casas is the top-rated prospect on the roster at No. 34, followed by No. 68 Woods-Richardson and No. 71 Baz.

Of the 19 members of the roster who have played for Team USA, 10 have won a gold medal in international competition for the stars and stripes. Casas leads the way with three, and Allen holds two. Robertson is the lone member of the team that was on the gold-medal-winning World Baseball Classic Team in 2017, where he closed out the 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the final.

Baseball is making its return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008. Team USA won a gold medal at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games as a demonstration sport and then at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The team also won two bronze medals at the Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Team USA will train for Tokyo 2020 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC) in Cary, North Carolina. The team will arrive on Friday, July 16, participate in a media day and workouts on July 17, and then will play in a three-game exhibition series against the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team from July 18-20. This will be the second time the U.S. Olympic Team will train at the NTC after hosting Canada in an exhibition series prior to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Game one will be held at the NTC on Sunday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. EDT. The Durham Bulls will host the second game of the series, welcoming fans to get a glimpse of Team USA at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Monday, July 19 at 6:35 p.m. EDT. The series will return to Cary for its finale on Tuesday, July 20, at 1 p.m. EDT. All games will be streamed online at USABaseball.com. For ticketing information, please visit the Olympic Team schedule page.

The U.S. opens the Olympic Games baseball tournament on Friday, July 30, against Israel. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/3 a.m. PDT. They join the Dominican Republic, Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com and @USABaseball on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for all the latest information on the Olympic Team.

    • U.S. Olympic Team Roster
    • (Name; Position; Club; Current Team)
    • Nick Allen; INF; Oakland Athletics; Midland (AA)
    • Eddy Alvarez; INF; Miami Marlins; Jacksonville (AAA)
    • Tyler Austin; OF; Nippon Professional Baseball; Yokohama DeNA Baybears
    • Shane Baz; RHP; Tampa Bay Rays; Durham (AAA)
    • Anthony Carter; RHP; Mexican League; Saraperos de Saltillo
    • Triston Casas; INF; Boston Red Sox; Portland (AA)
    • Brandon Dickson; RHP; St. Louis Cardinals; Memphis (AAA)
    • Tim Federowicz; C; Los Angeles Dodgers; Oklahoma City (AAA)
    • Eric Filia; OF; Seattle Mariners; Tacoma (AAA)
    • Todd Frazier; INF; Free Agent
    • Anthony Gose; LHP; Cleveland Indians; Columbus (AAA)
    • Edwin Jackson; RHP; Free Agent
    • Scott Kazmir; LHP; San Francisco Giants; Sacramento (AAA)
    • Patrick Kivlehan; OF/INF; San Diego Padres; El Paso (AAA)
    • Mark Kolozsvary; C; Cincinnati Reds; Chattanooga (AA)
    • Jack Lopez; UTL; Boston Red Sox; Worcester (AAA)
    • Nick Martinez; RHP; Nippon Professional Baseball; Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks
    • Scott McGough; RHP; Nippon Professional Baseball; Tokyo Yakult Swallows
    • David Robertson; RHP; Free Agent
    • Joe Ryan; RHP; Tampa Bay Rays; Durham (AAA)
    • Ryder Ryan; RHP; Texas Rangers; Round Rock (AAA)
    • Bubba Starling; OF; Kansas City Royals; Omaha (AAA)
    • Jamie Westbrook; INF/OF; Milwaukee Brewers; Nashville (AAA)
    • Simeon Woods-Richardson; RHP; Toronto Blue Jays; New Hampshire (AA)
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USA Baseball to Announce U.S. Olympic Team Roster on Friday

The roster will be subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee
June 30, 2021
CARY, N.C. — USA Baseball will name its roster for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Friday, July 2, at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PST. All nominations will be subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee. U.S. Olympic Baseball Team Manager Mike Scioscia will be available to

CARY, N.C. — USA Baseball will name its roster for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Friday, July 2, at 12 p.m. EDT/9 a.m. PST. All nominations will be subject to approval by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee.

U.S. Olympic Baseball Team Manager Mike Scioscia will be available to take questions from the media following the announcement, beginning at 3 p.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT. Accredited media members may email [email protected] for more information. 

The announcement will be made via a press release and featured on USABaseball.com and all @USABaseball social media channels.

Baseball is making its return to the Olympic Programme for the first time since 2008. Team USA won a gold medal at the Seoul 1988 Olympic Games (demonstration sport) and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and took home the bronze in the Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Team USA opens the Olympic Games baseball tournament on Friday, July 30, against Israel. First pitch is set for 7 p.m. JST/6 a.m. EDT/ 3 a.m. PDT. They join the Dominican Republic, Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field.

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Next Stop, Tokyo: Team USA Captures WBSC Olympic Qualifier With 4-2 Win Over Venezuela

The U.S. claims AOQ crown, berth in Tokyo Olympic Games with fourth-straight victory
June 6, 2021
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team put the finishing touches on a perfect week at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualifying Event with 4-2 victory over Venezuela Saturday evening at Clover Park, claiming one of the two remaining berths in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

Todd Frazier led the U.S. attack with a 4-for-4 effort at the plate, while Team USA's pitching staff logged another strong performance in limiting Venezuela to a pair of runs.

"This whole process over the last couple of weeks has been so intense," Team USA manager Mike Scioscia said. "You're really playing elimination games every day, and our guys rose to the occasion. But bigger than that, it was such a celebration of baseball, so I want to congratulate both teams. We had tough games every time out. You had to be ready to play every game, and fortunately, our guys played well."

Frazier played particularly well against Venezuela, sparking Team USA in the field and at the plate, starting a momentum-swinging 5-3 double-play that thwarted a first-inning Venezuela threat. He recorded hits in each of his four at-bats, including an RBI double in the fifth and a critical home run in the seventh to drive in the final two U.S. runs of the night.

The 11-year MLB veteran singled in the home half of the first, then kicked off U.S. fourth with a base hit, moments before Eric Filia lofted a towering drive that cleared the right-field wall for a 2-1 Team USA lead.

Starting pitcher Matthew Liberatore gave the U.S. another strong effort to open the contest, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, after Hernan Perez drove a single to center on the game's first pitch. Perez struck again in the third, driving Liberatore's second pitch of the inning deep to left-center for a solo shot that gave Venezuela a 1-0 lead.

But Liberatore was up to the early challenge, inducing rally-killing double plays in the first and the third frames to keep the stars and stripes close. After Ali Castillo followed Perez's homer with a base hit, Liberatore promptly dispatched the next seven Venezuela hitters before back-to-back hits by Perez and Castillo ended his night after 4 2/3 innings.

In all, Liberatore allowed just one run and scattered four hits with four strikeouts, before handing the ball off to his bullpen.

The U.S. engineered a two-out threat in the fifth, capitalizing on back-to-back singles by Luke Williams and Jarren Duran after Anibal Sanchez struck out the first two hitters of the inning.

Frazier tormented Venezuela yet again, this time bashing a line-drive just inside the third-base bag for a ground-rule double that chased home the third Team USA run of the game.

Team USA's bullpen registered a strong performance in relief of Liberatore, as the trio of Brandon Dickson, Edwin Jackson (1-0) and David Robertson combined to hold Venezuela to one run on three hits over the final 4.1 innings. Jackson blanked Venezuela over 2.0 frames, and Robertson locked up his second save of the AOQ with a scoreless ninth.

The U.S. finished a perfect 4-0 at the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier, led by a pitching staff that allowed just 10 total runs in the four contests and limited the opposition to a .209 batting average. Team USA got it done with defense as well, as the U.S. didn't commit its first error of the tournament until Saturday's finale and finished with a sparkling .987 team fielding percentage.

"Every game was intense. Our guys did a great job," Scioscia added. "They faced some tough pitchers this week, and some really good ball clubs. This is a tough environment. You're playing five elimination games, essentially, and I thought our guys were very consistent."

Team USA moves on to Tokyo, as the six-team Olympic baseball tournament will begin on Tuesday, July 27 at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and Yokohama Baseball Stadium. The U.S. joins Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field. The final spot in the Olympic baseball tournament will be decided following the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier in Puebla, Mexico, from June 22-26.

Team USA has qualified for all but one of the Olympic Games since baseball has been included on the official Olympic Programme beginning in 1992. The U.S. won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and a gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The stars and stripes did not qualify for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, but earned a spot in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where they won bronze. The U.S. also won a silver medal in 1984 (Los Angeles) and a gold medal in 1988 (Seoul) when baseball was a demonstration sport in the Olympics.

The magnitude of the opportunity to compete for Olympic Gold was apparent to Frazier, who finished the tournament with hits in his final five trips to the plate, including two critical late-inning home runs that helped seal wins over Canada and Venezuela.

"When you get an opportunity to play for the United States of America, you've got to take that opportunity and run with it," Frazier commented. "Because you're probably going to look back on your career and say that's the most fun I've ever had playing the game."

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USA Baseball Qualifies for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Team USA joins Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field
June 6, 2021
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Team USA clinched its berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, following a 4-2 victory over Venezuela at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 in Florida. The six-team Olympic baseball

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – Team USA clinched its berth in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday, following a 4-2 victory over Venezuela at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 in Florida.

The six-team Olympic baseball tournament will begin on Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

The U.S. joins Israel, Japan, Korea, and Mexico in the six-team field. The final spot in the Olympic baseball tournament will be decided following the WBSC Baseball Final Qualifier in Puebla, Mexico, from June 22-26.

“It has been our goal from the moment baseball returned to the Olympic Programme to qualify for Tokyo 2020. I am incredibly proud of this group for coming together under the tremendous leadership of Mike Scioscia and his staff and securing the United States’ spot in the Olympic Games,” said USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO Paul Seiler. “We knew this was not going to be an easy road; however, this squad personified the unyielding American spirit with grit and resilience in this tournament. We are thrilled for them, we celebrate their achievement, and we look forward to representing Team USA in the Olympic Games.”

Team USA finished the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier tournament with a perfect 4-0 record, defeating Canada, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The U.S. also faced Puerto Rico in the Opening Round, but the game was cancelled in the fourth inning due to inclement weather with the stars and stripes holding a 6-1 lead.

Team USA has qualified for all but one of the Olympic Games since baseball has been included on the official Olympic Programme beginning in 1992. The U.S. won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and a gold medal in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The stars and stripes did not qualify for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games but earned a spot in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, where they won bronze.

Team USA also won a silver medal in 1984 (Los Angeles) and a gold medal in 1988 (Seoul) when baseball was a demonstration sport in the Olympics.

An official game recap of the clinching game against Venezuela will follow this announcement.

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Team USA, Venezuela Square Off Saturday With Olympic Berth on the Line

The U.S. and Venezuela will conclude play at WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier with 7 p.m. ET contest at Clover Park
June 5, 2021
Team USA Game NotesTeam USA vs. Venezuela Live Stats PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – With a potential berth in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games at stake, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will conclude play at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games

Team USA Game Notes
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – With a potential berth in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games at stake, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will conclude play at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup Saturday against Venezuela at Clover Park.

LHP Matthew Liberatore (1-0, 1.80 ERA) draws the starting mound assignment for Team USA, tossing 5.0 solid innings in his AOQ debut vs. Nicaragua on Monday. The left-hander combined with three relievers combined to limit the Nicaragua offense to one run on five hits in the 7-1 U.S. victory.

Last night, the U.S. moved to within one victory of securing a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games with a 10-1 victory over Canada. Luke Williams belted the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, then doubled home two more U.S. runs as part of Team USA's back-breaking seven-run explosion in the eighth that turned a 3-1 lead into a nine-run bulge for the stars and stripes.

With the victory, the U.S. remained perfect in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event. As the tournament's lone 2-0 team in the decisive Super Round, Team USA can qualify for one of the two remaining spots in the Tokyo Olympics with a victory over Venezuela this evening.

The U.S. Professional National Team brings a slim 9-8 all-time series edge over Venezuela into Saturday's contest. In the two squads' last meeting, Venezuela carried a two-run lead into the bottom of the seventh inning before Team USA rallied for a 4-2 win in the second round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic on March 15, 2017 at Marlins Park. Drew Smyly allowed just one run over 4.2 innings, but Rougned Odor’s solo homer in the seventh gave Venezuela a late 2-0 lead. Team USA then tagged Hector Rondón for a run in the bottom of the inning before Adam Jones hit a game-tying solo homer in the bottom of the eighth. Eric Hosmer followed that with a go-ahead two-run homerun and Luke Gregerson shut the door in the ninth to clinch the victory in the first game of the second round.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Team USA Rolls Over Canada to Stay Perfect at WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier

June 5, 2021
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Using yet another shutdown pitching effort and a seven-run, eighth-inning rally, the USA Baseball Professional National Team moved to within one victory of securing a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games with a 10-1 victory over Canada Friday evening at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

With the victory, the U.S. remained perfect in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event. As the tournament's lone 2-0 team in the decisive Super Round, Team USA can qualify for one of the two remaining spots in the Tokyo Olympics with a victory over Venezuela in its AOQ finale Saturday evening at Clover Park.

Luke Williams belted the go-ahead home run in the fifth inning, then doubled home two more U.S. runs as part of Team USA's back-breaking seven-run explosion in the eighth that turned a two-run lead into a 10-1 bulge for the stars and stripes.

The U.S. gained control of Friday's game behind another stellar performance from its pitching staff, which limited Canada to a single run on Jacob Robson's fourth-inning homer. Homer Bailey allowed just one run in 3 1/3 innings to start the game, before four U.S. relievers teamed up to blank the Canadians on four hits over the final 5.2 frames.

Team USA drew first blood on Eric Filia's RBI-single in the third inning, moments after Jarren Duran delivered his second hit of the game to spark a two-out rally.

Robson responded immediately for Team Canada, driving a full-count offering over the wall in left-center to pull his club even. Drew Parrish (1-0) retired the first five hitters he faced after taking over for Bailey with one out in the fourth. The lefty fanned a pair and kept Canada hitless until Wes Darvill and Robson delivered back-to-back, one-out singles.

D.J. Johnson promptly extinguished that threat with a pair of strikeouts and retired five of the six hitters he faced over his 1.2 innings. Anthony Gose worked the eighth with similar results for the U.S. bullpen. The left-hander allowed a two-out walk, but followed with an inning-ending punchout of Eric Wood.

The U.S. started its eighth-inning outburst with Logan Forsythe working a one-out walk, before Triston Casas drilled a shot that appeared to clear the wall in right for an apparent two-run homer.

But upon review, the ball was ruled to glance off the top of the wall for a double that set off a lengthy delay after Canadian manager Ernie Whitt protested the call. Forsythe was ultimately awarded home plate with the fourth Team USA run, setting off an offensive surge that saw five of the next six U.S. batters reach base.

Mark Kolozsvary drew a free base after being hit by a pitch for the third time on the night, before a Canadian error kept the inning alive. Williams stretched the lead to six runs with a liner to right, and Duran added a run-scoring triple--his third hit of the contest. Todd Frazier capped the scoring with a two-run blast into the U.S. bullpen in left for a 10-1 Team USA lead.

Jimmie Sherfy closed out the contest with a scoreless ninth, as the five U.S. hurlers combined to strike out 10 batters, while scattering eight hits and issuing just one walk.

Duran led Team USA with a 3-for-5 night at the dish, and Williams finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Kolozsvary was a force for the U.S. as well, reaching safely in each of his four trips to the plate and scoring a pair of runs.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

 

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Team USA Opens Super Round Friday Against Canada

June 4, 2021
Team USA vs. Canada Live StatsTeam USA Game Notes WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open the Super Round stage of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, Friday evening with

Team USA vs. Canada Live Stats
Team USA Game Notes

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open the Super Round stage of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, Friday evening with a 7 p.m. (ET) contest against Canada at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

RHP Homer Bailey (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the start on the mound for Team USA, which posted a 2-0 overall mark in the Opening Round of group play at the WBSC's AOQ. The U.S. saw its final game of Group A play vs. Puerto Rico rained out on back-to-back days, while Canada dropped a 5-0 decision to Venezuela in its final Opening Round contest on Wednesday. 

The U.S. Professional National Team brings a 10-6 all-time series advantage over Canada into the matchup. In the two squads' last meeting, Team USA scored seven runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-0 win over Canada on March 12, 2017 in Pool C play of the 2017 World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park. Eric Hosmer drove in two runs in the first and Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the third to give the U.S. a comfortable lead. Buster Posey’s RBI single and solo homer capped the scoring for the stars and stripes, who got a seven-strikeout performance from Danny Duffy. Tyler Clippard provided two hitless innings out of the bullpen, striking out four of the six batters he faced.

The U.S. enters the Super Round with a 1-0 mark in the standings by virtue of its victory over the Dominican Republic in group play on Tuesday. Team USA will take on Venezuela, the other unbeaten club through the Opening Round, on Saturday (June 5) at 7 p.m. in Port St. Lucie to conclude the AOQ. Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

The AOQ champion, which will be determined by won-loss record vs. the Super Round field, will claim one of the final two berths in the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Team USA, Puerto Rico Washed Away Once Again

June 3, 2021
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – For the second-straight day, the USA Baseball Professional National Team saw its matchup with Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification (AOQ) Event fall victim to persistent thunderstorms at Clover Park. Moments after Nick Allen's fourth-inning grand slam handed Team USA a

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – For the second-straight day, the USA Baseball Professional National Team saw its matchup with Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification (AOQ) Event fall victim to persistent thunderstorms at Clover Park.

Moments after Nick Allen's fourth-inning grand slam handed Team USA a 6-1 lead, the skies opened, bringing a halt to the rescheduled final contest of Group A competition. The game, which was postponed Wednesday evening due to heavy rain as well, will not be resumed, as the U.S. had previously clinched a berth in the AOQ's deciding Super Round with its 8-6 win over the Dominican Republic on Tuesday.

The U.S. will move on to the Super Round as the top finisher in Group A with a 2-0 overall mark in the tournament. More importantly, the stars and stripes will take a 1-0 record against the Super Round field into play this weekend by virtue of their victory over the Dominican Republic – the other qualifier from Group A. 

The United States will match up against Canada at 7 p.m. ET, Friday (June 4) evening at The Ballpark at the Palm Beaches to open Super Round competition, before taking on Venezuela Saturday (June 5) in another 7 p.m. game at Clover Park.

Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

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Team USA's Wednesday Matchup With Puerto Rico Postponed

June 2, 2021
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team's Wednesday evening game against Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 has been postponed due to inclement weather. Instead, the game has been rescheduled for

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team's Wednesday evening game against Puerto Rico at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 has been postponed due to inclement weather.

Instead, the game has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. ET Thursday (June 3) at Clover Park.

With victories in each of its first two games in Florida, Team USA secured its berth in the AOQ's Super Round, which will begin Friday and determine the first of the final two qualifiers for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games.

The United States has two chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games at the AOQ, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the stars and stripes do not qualify for the Olympics out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finish second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

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Team USA Concludes AOQ Group Play Thursday Against Puerto Rico

June 2, 2021
Team USA vs. Puerto Rico Live Stats Team USA Game Notes PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – After posting its second-straight victory Tuesday evening to clinch a spot in the Super Round of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII

Team USA vs. Puerto Rico Live Stats
Team USA Game Notes

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – After posting its second-straight victory Tuesday evening to clinch a spot in the Super Round of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event (AOQ) for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will wrap up Group play Thursday with an 11 a.m. (ET) contest against Puerto Rico at Clover Park.

RHP Simeon Woods Richardson (0-0, 0.00 ERA) draws the starting mound assignment in Team USA's third outing of the tournament. After leading from start to finish in their opening game win over Nicaragua on Monday, Team USA had to battle back from a fifth-inning deficit to post an 8-6 victory over the Dominican Republic Tuesday night. Luke Williams came through with his second multi-hit effort in as many games, and Eddy Alvarez delivered a pair of doubles to help pace the U.S. attack.

Trailing by a run after the Dominican Republic rallied to wipe out a 4-1 deficit, Team USA scored four times in the sixth to turn the tide for good. Logan Forsythe's pinch-single plated the tying run, and Nick Allen put the U.S. in front to stay with a fielder's choice grounder to third.

Williams has logged five hits through the first two games of the AOQ to lead all players. His 0.700 on-base percentage also sits atop the tournament leaderboard, while Mark Kolozsvary's two home runs and 1.286 slugging percentage rank first at the event as well.

Puerto Rico enters the game 0-2 for the AOQ after dropping a 7-6 decision to Nicaragua Tuesday in 10 innings. After taking a 5-2 lead into the late innings, Puerto Rico saw that advantage evaporate, as Nicaragua plated three runs in the eighth before scoring two in the 10th to claim the victory.

The U.S. Professional National Team brings an 8-5 all-time series advantage over Puerto Rico into the matchup. After losing to Puerto Rico in Pool F play earlier in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Team USA got revenge and won the WBC Final, topping Puerto Rico, 8-0 on March 22 at Dodger Stadium. Puerto Rico starter Seth Lugo held the U.S. scoreless through two, but Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer in the third to open the scoring. Christian Yelich drove in a pair of runs two innings later, giving Team USA a four-run lead. Marcus Stroman tossed six scoreless innings, allowing just one hit to lower his tournament-ERA to 2.35.

Following the conclusion of Thursday's action, Team USA will move on to the Super Round, which will take place Friday (June 4) and Saturday (June 5). Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000.

In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

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Resilient Team USA Outlasts Dominican Republic to Clinch AOQ Super Round Berth

June 2, 2021
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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team punched its ticket to the Super Round of the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event with its second-straight win--an 8-6 victory over the Dominican Republic at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches Tuesday evening.

After turning in a complete domination of Nicaragua to lead from start to finish in their opening game of the tournament Monday, Team USA had to battle back from a fifth-inning deficit this time. Luke Williams tripled home a pair of key runs as part of a four-run, sixth-inning rally and finished with his second multi-hit effort in as many games, while Eddy Alvarez delivered a pair of doubles to help pace the U.S. attack.

Trailing by a run after the Dominican Republic rallied to wipe out a 4-1 deficit, Team USA scored four times in the sixth to turn the tide for good. Logan Forsythe's pinch-single plated the tying run, and Nick Allen put the U.S. in front to stay with a fielder's choice grounder to third.

Williams drove 1-0 pitch into the right-center field gap to bring in two more runs and give Team USA an 8-5 lead. The Philadelphia Phillies farmhand finished the night 2-for-5 after logging three hits in Monday's 7-1 win over Nicaragua.

From there, the U.S. bullpen held the opposition at bay, with the Dominican Republic's lone hit of the final three frames coming on Juan Francisco's leadoff homer in the ninth.

The U.S. clicked in the clutch all night long, scoring six of its eight runs with two outs. That trend started in the first inning, as Team USA used a two-out, Todd Frazier double to spark an early rally. Eric Filia drew a walk from Radhames Liz, before Triston Casas lined a 3-2 pitch to center to chase home both U.S. baserunners for a 2-0 advantage.

Joe Ryan was nearly flawless on the mound in the early stages of the contest, striking out six of the first eight Dominican Republic hitters of the game.

His lone hiccup came with one out in the second, when Francisco got ahold of a 3-1 offering a lifted it over the wall in right to cut the U.S. lead in half.

The U.S. added to its advantage in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in large part to an epic 15-pitch battle between Liz and Alvarez that included seven-straight foul balls with the count deadlocked at 2-2. Alvarez won the matchup, lining a full-count offering to deep left-center, before Mark Kolozsvary launched a two-run homer to left--his second home run in as many games at the AOQ--to make it a 4-1 game.

Ryan continued to tear through the Dominican Republic batting order, punching out the first two hitters of the fifth for his ninth and 10th strikeouts of the game. But Luis Liberato worked a walk, and Gustavo Nunez doubled, setting up Emilio Bonafacio's two-run triple that trimmed the Team USA lead to one run.

The Dominican Republic kept the pressure on Team USA in the sixth, as Juan Rodriguez led off with a base hit, before Diego Goris drove a Trevor Lane (1-0) pitch deep to left for the go-ahead two-run homer.

The U.S. responded immediately, as Casas's one-out single in the bottom of the inning ignited Team USA's offense and the decisive rally of the night. Alvarez was hit by a two-strike offering and Kolozsvary walked on four pitches to set up Forsythe's key single.

Ryan completed 4 2/3 innings, scattering four hits and fanning 10 batters. Casas logged a two hits, while Kolozsvary drove in a pair of runs and reached base safely in three trips to the plate.

With the victory and its advancement to the Super Round, Team USA drew one step closer to earning one of the final two berths in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. In order to qualify for the Olympics from the Baseball Americas Qualifier (AOQ), the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games at the AOQ, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

Team USA will conclude Group A play with a 7 p.m. ET game Wednesday (June 2) against Puerto Rico (0-2) at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie.

Stay tuned to USABaseball.com for all of the latest news, previews and recaps from the WBSC AOQ.

 

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Team USA Takes on Dominican Republic in Battle of Unbeaten Teams at WBSC AOQ 

June 1, 2021
Team USA vs. Dominican Republic Live StatsTeam USA Game Notes WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a strong opening-night performance that produced a 7-1 win over Nicaragua at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the USA
Team USA vs. Dominican Republic Live Stats
Team USA Game Notes

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – After a strong opening-night performance that produced a 7-1 win over Nicaragua at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the USA Baseball Professional National Team will take aim at a second-straight victory Tuesday (June 1) with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup against the Dominican Republic at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

RHP Joe Ryan (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make the start for the U.S., which scored a pair of first-inning runs and never looked back Monday evening against Nicaragua. Luke Williams and Jarren Duran powered Team USA's 14-hit attack with three-hit performances, while Matthew Liberatore and three relievers combined to shut down the Nicaragua offense.

The Dominican Republic posted a 5-2 victory over Puerto Rico in its opening game of the tournament Monday afternoon. Luis Liberato hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, then made a critical sliding catch in the ninth to preserve the victory.

The U.S. Professional National Team has split its previous 12 contests with the Dominican Republic. Team USA scored early and often before holding off a late push by the Dominicans, winning 10-8 in the Opening Round of the 2019 World Baseball Softball Confederation Premier12 at Estadio de Béisbol Charros de Jalisco in Guadalajara (Nov. 4). Mark Payton’s first-inning homer got Team USA on the board before Jake Cronenworth followed with a solo shot in the second. RBI singles by Erik Kratz and Jo Adell increased the U.S. lead to four in the early going. After the Dominican Republic scored a pair of runs in the second, Alec Bohm’s three-run homer in the third gave Team USA a 7-2 lead. The Dominican Republic scored three runs in the fifth and another run in the ninth, but Brandon Dickson secured the save to advance Team USA to the Super Round.

Team USA will wrap up group play at the AOQ Wednesday (June 2) when it takes on Puerto Rico at Clover Park in Port St. Lucie. The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, which will take place Friday (June 4) and Saturday (June 5). Each game throughout the AOQ will be streamed live on ESPN+.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

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Complete Performance Lifts Team USA Past Nicaragua

June 1, 2021
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team began its quest for one of the final two berths in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo with a convincing 7-1 victory over Nicaragua at the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event at Clover Park.

Luke Williams and Jarren Duran powered Team USA's 14-hit attack with three-hit performances, while Matthew Liberatore and three relievers combined to shut down the Nicaragua offense.

Liberatore (1-0) held Nicaragua to just one run on five hits over the first 5.0 innings, before Brandon Dickson, Anthony Gose and Marc Rzepczynski combined to toss four perfect innings of relief to close out the victory.

The U.S. wasted no time in establishing an early lead, using a Williams walk and a Duran base hit to spark a first-inning rally. Todd Frazier plated the first run of the night with a sacrifice fly to center, before Eric Filia delivered the first of two key run-producing hits to give Team USA a 2-0 lead.

Liberatore, who would allow just one run on five hits over his 5.0 innings, worked around a one-out hit in the first to preserve the two-run cushion.

Nicaragua took advantage of singles by Melvin Novoa and Edgard Montiel to plate its lone run of the night in the bottom of the second. The U.S. avoided further damage by cutting down a baserunner at the plate to end the threat and hold on to a 2-1 lead.

Kolozsvary responded in the top of the fourth for Team USA, lofting a 2-1 offering over the wall in center field for a solo blast that restored the two-run lead for the U.S.

Liberatore finished his night on a high note, once again wiggling his way out of a jam in the fifth to maintain the lead. With two Nicaragua baserunners aboard, the lefty induced an inning-ending liner that second baseman Eddy Alvarez snared to squash the rally and strand the potential tying run.

After Filia came through with his second RBI single to make it a 4-1 game in the top of the sixth, Dickson kept the momentum going for Team USA by dispatching six straight Nicaragua hitters on just 19 pitches over the ensuing two innings.

Gose followed suit by retiring all three batters he faced in the eighth, and Rzepcynski finished off the win with a 1-2-3 ninth. In all, the four Team USA hurlers joined forces to strike out nine batters for the game and retire the final 13 Nicaragua hitters in succession.

Team USA extended its lead to 7-1 in the ninth, cashing in on a two-run Duran single to complete the scoring.

Team USA will face the Dominican Republic in a 7 p.m. ET game Tuesday (June 1) at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, before closing out group play Wednesday (June 2) against Puerto Rico with another 7 p.m. contest at Clover Park.

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Team USA Opens WBSC AOQ Play Monday Against Nicaragua

May 31, 2021
USA Baseball Game NotesTeam USA vs. Nicaragua Live Stats PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open play in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup
USA Baseball Game Notes
Team USA vs. Nicaragua Live Stats

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – The USA Baseball Professional National Team will open play in the 2021 World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Baseball Americas Qualification Event for the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020 with a 7 p.m. (ET) matchup against Nicaragua Monday at Clover Park.

LHP Matthew Liberatore (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will draw the starting mound assignment for the U.S. as it begins its quest for one of two final berths in the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. Team USA will also face the Dominican Republic on Tuesday, June 1, at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, and Puerto Rico on Wednesday, June 2, back at Clover Park. All three opening-round games will begin at 7 p.m. E.T and will be streamed on ESPN+.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the Super Round, which will take place Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5.

Team USA has two more chances to qualify for Tokyo 2020, beginning with the Baseball Americas Qualifier. The U.S. has participated at the Olympic Games in 1988 (demonstration sport), 1992, 1996, 2000 and 2008, winning a gold medal in Seoul 1988 and Sydney 2000. In order to qualify for the Olympic Games from the Baseball Americas Qualifier, the U.S. will need to win the tournament. If the U.S. does not qualify for the Olympic Games out of the Baseball Americas Qualifier, but finishes second or third, they will participate in the Final Qualifier that will take place in Puebla, Mexico from June 22-27.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will mark the first time baseball has been featured in the Games since 2008 in Beijing, where Team USA won the bronze medal.

The U.S. Professional National Team owns a 7-3 all-time record against Nicaragua since 2001. Jake Thompson put together a historic outing in Team USA’s 6-0 win over Nicaragua on July 15, 2015 in the 2015 Pan American Games at Ajax Sportsplex in Ontario. Thompson struck out ten and allowed just one hit in seven innings, tying several U.S. Pan Am records. The U.S. scored two runs in both the second and third innings to pull away from Nicaragua. Tommy Murphy drove in a pair of runs with a triple and Tyler Pastornicky scored two runs to pace the offense. The U.S. pitching staff allowed just two hits and zero walks in the shutout win.

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