Team USA's latest setback in the World Baseball Classic creates questions of whether it can win against more deeply invested opponents.
Joe Mauer and Team USA, minus David Wright, face Puerto Rico in Friday night's WBC elimination game in Miami.
Team Italy's surprising run in the WBC came to an end after Puerto Rico rallied before having to face a big league closer.
Team USA rolled over Puerto Rico with relentless efficiency in all phases to win their WBC second-round opener, 7-1.
Team USA opens second-round play Tuesday night against Puerto Rico.
The Astros' decision to make Puerto Rico's Carlos Correa the top pick in Monday night's draft sent Stanford's Mark Appel tumbling to the Pirates at No. 8.