Dodgers prospect comes up big in WBC

About an hour before the game today, with most of the players having completed their pregame work, they were sitting around the clubhouse watching the end of the Netherlands’ stunning upset of the Dominican Republic in the opening round of the WBC. While I’m fairly certain no one was especially rooting for the Netherlands — the Dodgers have several Dominican players, but no one from the Netherlands or Curacao — the place went nuts for one moment in the bottom of the ninth. With the tying run on second and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Willy Taveras took off for third. But the Netherlands catcher gunned him down easily for the second out of the inning. That catcher was Kenley Jansen, who has been in the Dodgers organization for the past four seasons.

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