Team USA Faces Must-Win Scenario vs. Canada After WBC Pitching Woes

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By Tom Verducci Manager Mark DeRosa hopes to bounce back from the second-worst loss by a U.S team in tournament history, but he is hamstrung by pitching staff constrictions and a lack of star power. PHOENIX — Justin Verlander, Dylan Cease, Alek Manoah, Shane McClanahan, Shane Bieber … Team USA may have the deepest lineup they have ever assembled for the World Baseball Classic. They may have three MVPs at the top of their batting order. They may have so much star power they carry $2 billion worth of active contracts. But there is something they don’t have. Gerrit Cole, Kevin Gausman, Max Frie…

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