Classic updates – Part II
Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome had four walks and scored a run in Japan’s 4-0 win over China in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. Fukudome started in center field for the defending champions.
In Florida, Cubs catcher Geovany Soto was 0-for-3 in Puerto Rico’s 2-1 win over Tampa Bay in an exhibition game. Soto was behind the plate for the game, and was expected to be the designated hitter in Puerto Rico’s first game of the World Baseball Classic against Panama on Saturday to be played in San Juan.
Team USA opens play Saturday in Toronto against Canada. Chicago’s Ted Lilly was slated to pitch the third game of the tournament.
— Carrie Muskat