SAN FRANCISCO — Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double in the first inning that held up, and the Dominican Republic capped a dominant, unbeaten run through the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 win against Puerto Rico for the championship Tuesday night.
Erick Aybar added an RBI double to back winner Samuel Deduno, and the demonstrative Dominican righty threw his arms into the air in delight after watching a run-saving defensive gem by center fielder Alejandro De Aza in a tough fifth.
Jeter expects to be ready for Opening Day
With less than two weeks to go before Opening Day, Derek Jeter was supposed to play shortstop for the Yankees on Tuesday. Instead, he was scratched from the lineup with what he called “stiffness” in his surgically repaired left ankle.
Jeter had X-rays and an MRI and is day-to-day with mild inflammation of the ankle, the Yankees later announced.
Jeter, who broke the ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS last October, said he didn’t think the stiffness was going to stop him from playing in the April 1 season opener against the Red Sox.
“Two weeks is plenty of time to get ready,” he said.
However, asked when he might get back on the field, Jeter said: “I don’t know. I really don’t know. I wish I had an answer for you. But I don’t know. I’ll play as soon as I can. If I can play tomorrow, I’ll play tomorrow. If it’s the next day, it’s the next day. But the luxury is that it’s spring training.”
Balls and strikes called from mound after ump hurt
In a throwback to Little League days, balls and strikes were called from behind the pitcher’s mound for a brief period in Tuesday’s exhibition between the Los Angeles Angels and Milwaukee after an umpire was injured.
Home plate Seth Buckminster was hurt with two outs in the top of first inning. Brewers starter Wily Peralta threw a pitch that hit Albert Pujols, and the ball deflected and struck Buckminster on the left arm near the wrist.
Buckminster left the game along with umpire Anthony Johnson, who changed into home-plate gear. After a brief delay, with only two umpires left on the field, play resumed for four batters with Tim McClelland calling pitches from behind the mound.
Johnson returned to the field, and McClelland shifted to third base three batters into the bottom of the first.