The Japanese players’ association agrees to participate in the World Baseball Classic

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Japanese players have been threatening to boycott next year’s World Baseball Classic in a dispute over marketing revenues. There has been some back and forth on this, but the players have finally agreed to participate:

The Japanese players’ association has agreed to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, backing off from a threat to boycott the event over the way tournament revenue is shared.

Compromise was reached on the marketing thing and now the best players from the defending champion will play. Which is sort of important for the legitimacy of the WBC.

Video: Javier Báez jukes David Freese to avoid tag at first base

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Cubs shortstop Javier Báez pulled off one of the best jukes you’ll see, avoiding the tag from David Freese on a play at first base in the second inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers. Báez barely made contact with a Kenta Maeda pitch well outside the strike zone, tapping it towards Freese. Báez halted his momentum, juking Freese while he attempted to apply the tag, then dove into first base.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts attempted to argue that Báez went out of the baseline, but the umpires’ no-call stood and Báez had himself a single. He would end up stranded on base, unfortunately for him and the Cubs.