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Jim Leyland is finally able to stick with a lineup as U.S. gets set for WBC title game

Jim Leyland is finally able to stick with a lineup as U.S. gets set for WBC title game

The tension has been gnawing at Jim Leyland. He cannot simply play his best nine every day, or let his starting pitcher remain in the game as long as he is effective. He has to balance playing time to keep major league teams happy, and he has to abide by pitching restrictions imposed by tournament rules and supplemental restrictions imposed by teams.

And, yeah, he is the manager charged with leading the United States to win the World Baseball Classic for the first time. So, after the U.S. won consecutive elimination games to advance to Wednesday’s championship game, Leyland allowed himself a smile as he opened a pregame news conference.

“”We’re trying to make America great...

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