Brazil beats Panama to qualify for World Baseball Classic

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Brazil became the final qualifier for the World Baseball Classic by emerging from a four-team pool that also included Colombia, Nicaragua, and Panama.

They defeated Panama in last night’s pool-deciding game, at Rod Carew Stadium in Panama, which was a pretty huge upset and a very thrilling 1-0 game that saw 39-year-old former big leaguer Ruben Rivera strike out to end things.

Brazil’s roster includes just one big leaguer, Indians role player Yan Gomes, and they’re managed by Hall of Famer Barry Larkin. Gomes drove in the game’s only run last night with a bloop hit and afterward Larkin said: “It’s good to be good and it’s good to be lucky. We are a little bit of both today.”

Panama’s roster included major leaguers (or former major leaguers) Rivera, Carlos Lee, Carlos Ruiz, Manny Acosta, Ruben Tejada, Manuel Corpas, Ramiro Mendoza, and Jose Macias.

Brazil joins Canada, Chinese Taipei, and Spain in qualifying for the WBC through pool play, joining the 12 teams that received automatic bids.

Wilson Ramos could join Phillies on Wednesday

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Phillies catcher Wilson Ramos could join the team in Wednesday for the last game of the club’s two-game set against the Red Sox, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Manager Gabe Kapler said, “Nothing is off the table.”

Ramos has been on a rehab assignment with Advanced-A Clearwater, recovering from a strained left hamstring he suffered just ahead of the All-Star break when he was with the Rays. The Phillies acquired him on July 31 prior to the non-waiver trade deadline for a player to be named later.

Prior to the injury, Ramos was batting a healthy .297/.346/.488 with 14 home runs and 53 RBI in 315 plate appearances. His arrival will likely mean back-up catcher Andrew Knapp gets sent down to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Ramos could also draw the lion’s share of the playing time behind the plate, bumping first-string catcher Jorge Alfaro down on the depth chart.