U.S. ousts Dominican Republic, will face Japan in WBC semifinals

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The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time, thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam Jones.

Stanton hit a go-ahead, two-run shot into the third-level balcony of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building in the left-field corner in the fourth inning, and Jones robbed Baltimore Orioles teammate Manny Machado of a home run in the seventh to help the Americans beat the Dominican Republic 6-3 on Saturday night, eliminating the defending champions.

After beating Venezuela 13-2 Saturday for its sixth straight win in the World Baseball Classic, Puerto Rico will play the Netherlands on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
Team USA will face Japan on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium for a spot in the championship game.

A number of big-name players declined to play for the United States. Manager Jim Leyland said he appreciates those who did sign up.

Former 49ers teammate Harris Barton issued a statement that read: “Dwight Clark is one of those guys that lights up a room — always smiling and you feel great,” f “When I heard the news, I, like others in the 49ers family, was devastated. DC changed the course of history with The Catch. Don’t be surprised if he changes the course of this disease as well.”

Also on Sunday, Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly took to Instagram in support of Clark after his announcement.

Game Chris Jones Jersey Dwight Clark is best remembered for “The Catch,” a Joe Montana-to-Clark game-winning touchdown connection with 51 seconds remaining in the 49ers’ 28-27 NFC Championship Game victory over the Dallas Cowboys that sent the 49ers to their first Super Bowl in the 1981 season. It kick-started a dynasty for the franchise and was honored as the No. 1 play ever during the 49ers’ final regular-season home games at iconic Candlestick Park in 2013.

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