Thursday, March 19, 2009

Longoria to join Team USA for WBC semifinals

Former Biscuits third baseman Evan Longoria will be a part of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic semifinals. Longoria joins the Americans after injuries struck Chipper Jones and David Wright.

The United States plays Japan or South Korea at 7 p.m. Sunday in the single-elimination semifinals at Dodger Stadium. The championship is 8:30 p.m. Monday.

It will be a trip home for Longoria, who grew up in Downey, Calif., a part of the Los Angeles megalopolis.

Jones is off the roster after suffering a muscle strain. Wright was hobbled in Wednesday's loss to Venezuela but stayed in the game and remains on the U.S. roster.

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