It was back to the real world for Mariners righty Phillippe Aumont on Thursday as he attended the first Spring Training workout for Minor League pitchers and catchers.
Despite playing on its home turf at Rogers Centre, Canada's Classic journey ended on Monday in a 6-2 loss to Italy, which now faces Venezuela on Tuesday.
The ramifications of Monday's World Baseball Classic tilt at Rogers Centre between Canada and Italy are simple -- the loser will not play again in the tournament, while the winner survives to play another game the following day.
Joey Votto, who went 3-for-4, and Russell Martin homered Saturday, but Canada could not beat USA like it did in '06, falling, 6-5. Canada now prepares for Monday's 6:30 p.m. ET game.
Team USA wants to prove they're different from their 2006 World Baseball Classic team, as they face Team Canada at the Rogers Centre in Toronto on Saturday.
With the U.S. and Venezuela, Pool C boasts two teams not many would be surprised to see win it all. Both are chock-full of Major League All-Stars and, with teams starting earlier this spring, both feel more adequately prepared for international competition this time around.
Until Thursday, hard-throwing left-hander Scott Diamond had never faced big league hitters. Yet here he was, taking the mound as the starting pitcher for Canada's World Baseball Classic team in an exhibition against the New York Yankees.
Team Canada sent 11 men to the plate and scored six runs in the top of the first inning en route to a 6-0 win over the Yankees on Thursday.
Mark Teahen has a lot to consider at the World Baseball Classic. The 27-year-old, who joined Kansas City as a third baseman in 2005, has two national identities and multiple fielding positions as a member of Team Canada in this year's international baseball tournament.
Scott Richmond's spring itinerary does not include reading up on the Blue Jays' hitters. A briefing might have helped, though. There he was on Tuesday, standing on the mound at Dunedin Stadium and staring down players from his own organization.