Taiwan beat Australia 13-2
Taiwan ended their first round in Group A at the IBAF U16 World Championship with an even 2-2 record, as they beat Australia 13-2 in seven innings at Panamerican Stadium in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico, on Tuesday. Australia finished the first round at 1-3. Taiwan decided the outcome in the second inning, when they put six runs on the board, highlighted by a two-run double by Ho Chun-hsien and a two-run single by Wang Tse-chun. They added two runs apiece in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to end the game early, while Chang Wei-chien scored four times. Australia only got on the board in the bottom half of the second inning, thanks to a two-run homer by Karl Hoschke. The long ball was the first at Panamerican Stadium in the tournament. On the mound, Yang Chia-wei struck out nine batters in a complete game, allowing just eight hits, two runs and a walk in seven innings. Zac Shepherd got charged six hits, seven runs and no walks in three innings to take the loss. All runs during the big rally in the second were scored with two outs after an error.
Jays, D’Backs make trade
The Toronto Blue Jays acquired second baseman Kelly Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks for infielders Aaron Hill and John McDonald, the two MLB teams said on Tuesday. The Jays hope they have found their second baseman of the future in Johnson. Johnson, a first-round draft pick of Atlanta in 2000, had a .209 batting average with 18 home runs, 49 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 114 games for Arizona this season. Arizona are hoping a change of scenery will provide a boost for Hill, who slammed 36 homers in 2009 and 26 last season, but this year is batting .225 with just six homers and 45 RBI. McDonald, 36, a fan favorite in Toronto, gives the Diamondbacks a quality utility player who is batting .250 this season with two home runs and 20 RBI.
Japan shut out Canada
Japan have moved one step closer to defending their title at the Little League World Series (LLWS). Hamamatsu City starter Shoto Totsuka combined with relievers Hiroyasu Sugiura and Takuya Okamoto to five-hit Langley, British Columbia, in a 4-0 win on Tuesday. A team from Tokyo won the LLWS last year. Earlier, Cumberland, Rhode Island, had a 8-7 win over the Netherlands in a consolation game after Colin Cannata scored on an error in the bottom of the sixth.
A-Rod to talk about poker
Alex Rodriguez will meet with MLB officials this week in Baltimore to discuss allegations the New York Yankees’ All-Star third baseman took part in illegal poker games. “I’ll be talking to you guys on Friday afternoon,” Rodriguez told reporters yesterday. “I can’t wait.” MLB commissioner Bud Selig acknowledged the investigation of the allegations against Rodriguez this month. “We take this matter very seriously,” Selig’s office said in the e-mail. Rodriguez, a three-time AL Most Valuable Player, in 2005 said he frequented illegal gambling venues. He said at the time it was a mistake and that he “would never be back.” Rodriguez, 36, played in at least two high-stakes games, according to a report on celebrity Web site RadarOnline.com, citing poker professional Dan Bilzerian and another unidentified eyewitness. Rodriguez also helped organize and participated in a 2009 poker game in Miami, RadarOnline.com said.