Rays Ace Chris Archer Won't Rejoin Team USA

Team USA tells Rays' pitcher Chris Archer that he isn't needed

Chris Archer Won't Rejoin Team USA For WBC

The game starts tonight at 9 p.m. ET, so after you calm down from the excitement of Michael Brantley's return, be sure to check out Lindor as he tries to continue his WBC magic. Second round action in Japan saw the team from the Netherlands bounce back to beat Israel and Cuba. It is also worth noting that Saturday's matchup between the United States and Dominican Republic drew a sold out crowd of 43,002 people at the San Diego Padres' Petco Park, which marked the largest attendance for a World Baseball Classic outing hosted by the United States.

In Japan for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2016, he went 7-3 with a 3.84 ERA, while recording a 92/15 K/BB ratio, in 82 innings pitched across 13 starts.

Japan has the most WBC titles of any nation with two. The Puerto Ricans are a ideal 6-0 in the tournament. Archer started the team's first game on March 10 against Colombia, needing only 41 pitches to spin a flawless four innings.

The Puerto Rican team, however, will need to count on Milwaukee Brewers' minor league prospect, 24-year-old Jorge Lopez, to keep the Netherlands bats under control.

Archer has not thrown in a game since that March 10 WBC opener. He didn't factor into the decision of a game that went 10 innings and ended 3-2 in favor of Team USA on an Adam Jones walk-off base hit.

Puerto Rico's mix of veteran talent with young talent has really benefited them on the offensive side. Carlos Beltran has again figured out a way to dominate a meaningful tournament (WBC, MLB playoffs), posting a.471/.550/.529 slash line with five runs batted in.

The Netherlands and Puerto Rico will face off against one another at 9:00 PM ET in order to earn a trip to the WBC title game on Wednesday against the victor of the Japan-USA game, which will be played on Tuesday. The Americans took the lead in the next inning thanks to a monster two-run home run into the second deck Western Metal Supply Co from Marlin's slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

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