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WBC 2017: Bracket, Friday’s schedule, and results

The Dominican Republic used the long ball and some strong pitching to get back into the race at the World Baseball Classic.

World Baseball Classic - Pool F - Game 3 - Venezuela v Dominican Republic Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

The Dominican Republic used the long ball and some strong pitching to stay alive at the World Baseball Classic with a 3-0 win over Venezuela.

Gregory Polanco put the Dominican Republic on the board in the fifth with a line drive home run to center field. Robinson Cano plated a run in the seventh with an RBI single and Nelson Cruz provided an insurance run in the eighth with a homer to right.

Edinson Volquez struck out six over 4 13 innings while allowing four hits and no runs. He and five other relievers combined for the shutout performance.

Ender Inciarte had another good game going 2-for-4 at the plate but Venezuela is going to need a lot of help to advance.

The United States and Puerto Rico will meet on Friday with the winner moving into the driver's seat for the pool. Venezuela will take on Puerto Rico on Saturday while the Dominican Republic will wrap things up on Sunday against the United States.

Pool F schedule for Friday, March 17

USA vs. Puerto Rico

Location: San Diego

Time: 10 p.m. ET

TV: MLB Network

Streaming: MLB.TV

Full World Baseball Classic Schedule, Results and Standings

Second Round

WBC Pool E

Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
March 11 Cuba (1) vs. Israel (4) Tokyo
March 12 Japan (8) vs. Netherlands (6) Tokyo
March 13 Netherlands (12) vs. Israel (2) Tokyo
March 14 Cuba (5) vs. Japan (8) Tokyo
March 14 Netherlands (14) vs. Cuba (1) Tokyo
March 15 Israel (3) vs. Japan (8) Tokyo

Pool E Standings

Rank Team W L Notes
Rank Team W L Notes
1 Japan 3 0 Advanced
2 Netherlands 2 1 Advanced
3 Israel 1 2
4 Cuba 0 3

WBC Pool F

Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
Date Team vs. Team Time Venue
March 14 Dominican Republic (1) vs. Puerto Rico (3) Petco Park
March 15 Venezuela (2) vs. United States (4) Petco Park
March 16 Venezuela (0) vs. Dominican Republic (3) Petco Park
March 17 United States (5) vs. Puerto Rico (6) Petco Park
March 18 Puerto Rico (13) vs. Venezuela (2) Petco Park
March 18 United States (6) vs. Dominican Republic (3) Petco Park

Pool F Standings

Rank Team W L
Rank Team W L
1 Puerto Rico 3 0
2 United States 2 1
3 Dominican Republic 1 2
4 Venezuela 0 3

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