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Pirates’ Duane Underwood Jr. Helps Make History in WBC



Pirates reliever Duane Underwood Jr. made a bit of history Monday at the World Baseball Classic.

Underwood was the last of four Puerto Rico pitchers who combined on a perfect game in a 10-0 victory over Israel in pool play at loanDepot Park in Miami. The game was stopped after eight innings because of the mercy rule.

Underwood worked the top of the eighth to wind up closing out the perfecto, the first in the event’s history. He threw 10 pitches, six for strikes, while getting two outs on grounders and another on an infield popup.

Pirates outfielder Chavez Young hit a two-run single to help Great Britain defeat Colombia 7-5 in pool play at Chase Field in Phoenix. Young went 1 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base, giving him four steals in three games.

It was the first-ever win for the Brits in the WBC.

Four other Pirates pitchers did not appear in games Monday — David Bednar for the United States, Roansy Contreras and Luis Ortiz for the Dominican Republic and Rob Zastryzny for Canada.

Team USA routed Canada 12-1 in Phoenix. The Dominicans downed Nicaragua 6-1 in Miami.

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