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    Rivera pleased with ambassador role

    Mariano Rivera was proud to hold his country's flag during ceremonies for the World Baseball Classic, but he really would have loved to hold a baseball. As he continues to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the Yankees' closer had to instead settle for donning a uniform and serving as an ambassador for Panama, paying a three-day visit to the Classic in Puerto Rico.

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    Panama knocked out of Classic

    With its second loss in two days -- a 9-0 setback to the Dominican Republic on Sunday in Pool D play -- Panama was eliminated from the World Baseball Classic.

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    Ruiz OK after straining neck in Classic

    Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz is in the lineup for Panama a day after suffering a strained neck in a 7-0 loss to Puerto Rico.

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    Ruiz OK after straining neck in Classic

    Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz suffered a strained neck playing in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday, when Panama lost to Puerto Rico, 7-0, at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The injury is not believed to be serious.

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    Cold DR squad faces elimination

    The Dominican Republic and Panama will face each other on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the third game of Pool D competition of the World Baseball Classic.

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    Panama falls victim to Pudge, P.R.

    Team Panama dropped a 7-0 decision to the hometown Puerto Ricans on Saturday and now must face elimination against the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

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    Panamanians say nothing to lose

    Carlos Lee believes that his Panamanian team has an advantage over Puerto Rico when the two teams meet in Game 2 of Pool D play Saturday, at 5 p.m. ET at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. For Lee, Panama will play with less pressure than Puerto Rico.

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    Lee playing 'Big Kahuna' for Panama

    Carlos Lee would be a big bopper for any team he played on, but the Astros slugger plays an even bigger role for Panama's World Baseball Classic squad.

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    Tune-ups done, Panama ready

    Starter Abraham Atencio and Arquimedes Nieto were sharp on the mound, but some shaky "D" did in Panama vs. the Astros on Thursday in a 7-5 defeat.

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    Team Panama finds offense vs. Tigers

    A six-run fifth inning that included contributions from Javier Castillo Angel Chavez and Audes De Leon provided the offense in Panama's 8-3 win over the Tigers on Wednesday.