March 8, 2013
The World Baseball Classic began last night and Pittsburgh Pirates minor league third baseman Stefan Welch provided Australia's only run with a seventh inning solo homer. Australia was shut down for the first six innings by free agent Chein-Ming Wang. Welch finished the day 1-for-3, as Australia dropped their opener 4-1 to Chinese Taipei.
Welch homered in the WBC opener
Since the initial rosters were announced, both Ivan De Jesus Jr and Russell Martin have dropped out of the tournament, leaving the Pirates with six players still in the Classic. De Jesus withdrew because he wanted to concentrate on trying to make the Pirates Opening Day roster, while Martin initially pulled out due to the fact he wanted to play shortstop, citing that he wasn't ready to catch all nine innings of the game this early in Spring. He has since had a sore right shoulder that has kept him out of the lineup until today, when he will DH, so he would've likely missed the WBC anyway.
Chris Leroux will start for Team Canada. The rota