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'Ridiculous' Lineup Boosts Team USA

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Puerto Rico manager Edwin Rodriguez took one look at the United States lineup and noticed a very familiar name near the bottom.

Giancarlo Stanton, one of baseball’s premier power hitters, was relegated to the eighth spot by United States manager Joe Torre for Tuesday’s World Baseball Classic game.

“When you have a lineup where you have Giancarlo Stanton hitting eighth, that means we’re going to have pretty tough task ahead of us,” Rodriguez, who managed Stanton for a year in Miami, said before the game.

Rodriguez’s fears were realized when the United States chipped away before breaking open the game in the eighth inning to advance with a 7-1 victory before a festive crowd of 32,872 at Marlins Park.

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