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    S. Africa unravels late, exits Classic

    Trailing by a run after six innings, South Africa struggled late, allowing 11 runs over the final three innings in a 14-3 loss to Mexico on Monday that ended its stay in the World Baseball Classic.

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    Must-win game for Mexico, South Africa

    Mexico and South Africa face off in an elimination game for Pool B on Monday. South Africa lost, 8-1, to Cuba, while Team Mexico was upset, 17-7, by Australia on Sunday.

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    In loss, South Africa draws positives

    South Africa collected its lone run in the top ninth inning, far too late to put a dent in Cuba's showing on Sunday. The 8-1 loss puts South Africa in need of a win Monday night in order to remain alive in the Classic.

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    South Africa's bats go cold against A's

    Anthony Phillips drove in Justin Lazarus in the eighth inning to get South Africa its only run in a 6-1 loss to the Oakland A's on Thursday.

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    Phillips bros. shine in South Africa loss

    Third baseman Johnathan Phillips stroked a two-run double to left against three-time All-Star closer Brian Fuentes and also singled home a run in South Africa's 13-6 exhibition loss to the Angels.

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    South Africa looks to gain respect

    South Africa left the 2006 World Baseball Classic after being scorched in the frying pan by the United States. In the 2009 Classic, they will jump right into the fire -- against Cuba.

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    Gear up for the World Baseball Classic

    Now is your chance to buy some gear that includes the familiar logo of the World Baseball Classic before the tournament begins in March.

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    International umps training for Classic

    Eight international umpires from five countries are honing their skills at the MLB Urban Youth Academy in preparation for the World Baseball Classic.

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    World Baseball Classic schedule

    World Baseball Classic schedule by venue