Giants’ Melancon to join U.S. team at the WBC

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March 19, 2017 - 2:46pm
Giants’ Melancon to join U.S. team at the WBC The U.S.'s 6-3 victory in San Diego on Saturday night eliminated the Dominican Republic from the World Baseball Classic and sent the Americans to a semifinal game against Japan on Tuesday night. Before Sunday's game at Scottsdale Stadium, Melancon and Cueto each offered unsolicited and revealing comments about the tournament, which will end with Wednesday's championship game. Cueto expressed how much he wanted to play and revealed he was shredded back home and called a "traitor" on social media for not participating in the first two rounds, even though it was widely known he missed three weeks of spring training while taking care of his sick father in the Dominican. [...] that he knows the coaching staff and teammates, and thrown eight scoreless outings in the Cactus League, he feels more comfortable leaving for a few days and competing for something that counts. Cueto also wanted to pitch for his country but did not play competitively until March 11 because of his dad's illness. [...] Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti said Cueto would not have been able to throw the maximum 95 pitches per game in the final round of the tournament. Melancon will not have to throw that many should he relieve in the semifinal and final games. A victory Tuesday would place the United States in the championship game for the first time, against the winner of Monday's semifinal between Puerto Rico and the Netherlands, whose manager is Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens.


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