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Italy stuns Mexico with a five-run rally in the ninth inning in Group D play

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Mexico led Italy 9-5 heading into the ninth inning, only to watch Italy rally for five in the final frame to notch a 10-9 win in the  first game in Group-D play in the World Baseball Classic last night.

Francisco Cervelli kicked it all off with a leadoff double against Mexico’s Roberto Osuna. Then Chris Colabello followed with a double. Alex Liddi then hit a two-run double to make it 9-7. Drew Butera reached on an error and Drew Maggi walked to load the bases. In came reliever Oliver Perez, only to allow an RBI single to Brandon Nimmo to make it 9-8. Then John Andreoli capped the rally with a two-run single.

The the other two teams in Group D, Venezuela and Puerto Rico, will play tonight, after which Mexico will play Puerto Rico on Saturday while Italy faces off against Venezuela.

 

Report: Glen Perkins will retire from baseball

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According to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, Twins GM Thad Levine told 1390 Granite City Sports that reliever Glen Perkins will retire.

Perkins, 34, has battled shoulder injuries over the last two years, limiting him to a total of 7 2/3 innings between 2016-17. His decision doesn’t come as much of a surprise given the circumstances. The Twins declined his $6.5 million club option back in October, making him a free agent.

Across parts of 12 seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins compiled a 3.88 ERA with 120 saves and a 504/158 K/BB ratio in 624 1/3 innings. He ranked among baseball’s best closers from 2013-15, racking up 102 of those saves with a 3.08 ERA. The lefty made the American League All-Star team in each of those three seasons.