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U.S. Baseball Team Fails To Advance

July 29, 1998

ROME (AP) _ The United States beat Canada 3-2 Wednesday at the Baseball World Championships, but it wasn’t enough for the U.S. team to advance to the quarterfinals.

South Korea and the Netherlands, which finished with the same 4-3 record as the United States, advanced from the group along with Australia and Nicaragua, which were both 5-2.

In the other group, Cuba, the five-time defending champion, Japan, the Dominican Republic and Italy all moved on to Friday’s quarterfinals.

The United States, the Netherlands and Canada were tied for fourth place with 3-3 records entering the final game of preliminary play. The U.S. team, composed of collegiate players, needed to beat Canada and the Netherlands to lose to Australia.

Bobby Hill’s sixth-inning home run led the United States to its win, but Eddy Nix’s grand slam led the Netherlands to an 11-9 victory.

The United States has not won these championships since 1974, the last time it served as host of the event.

The tournament is open to professionals for the first time but no players from the major leagues are participating. Some minor leaguers are playing for Canada, the Dominican Republic and other countries.

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