The road to the World Baseball Classic championship is painfully clear for the United States.
Win or go home. Then win or go home again. Then win again, for a third and final time.
That is a tall order for any team, let alone one that is one game over .500 in the history of this tournament. But blue became the predominant color for the red, white and blue on Friday night, after a 6-5 loss to Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico joined Japan and the Netherlands in clinching a spot in the WBC final four next week at Dodger Stadium.
That leaves the United States facing the possibility of missing out on the semifinals for the second straight WBC. The U.S. plays the Dominican...