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How are members of the Phillies doing in the World Baseball Classic?

How are members of the Phillies doing in the World Baseball Classic?

Every three years, in the month of March, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) sanctions an international baseball tournament -- the World Baseball Classic -- in which the best players in the world compete for their home countries.

With that being said, it's time to check in on six members of the Phillies representing their home countries in this year's World Baseball Classic.

Venezuela, which has suffered two straight losses in the second round of the WBC, has the most Phillies of any team in the tournament … a grand total of two: Odubel Herrera and Edubray Ramos.

Herrera, in five games, has one hit. He's batting .091 (1 for 11). If there is any silver lining, the Phillies' centerfielder has struck out just once.

Ramos has yet to make a pitching appearance.

The Dominican Republic and the United States, who are in the same second-round pool as Venezuela, feature Hector Neris and Pat Neshek, respectively.

Neris (Dominican Republic) has pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowed two hits (one home run), no walks and picked up a strikeout.

Neshek (United States) picked up the victory in the United States' come-from-behind 4-2 win over Venezuela on Wednesday night in San Diego. He pitched a scoreless eighth before the United States tied the game and took the lead on solo home runs from Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer. Neshek has allowed only two hits in his 2 2/3 innings in this tournament.

Columbia, which was eliminated after going 1-2 in the first round, featured Phillies catching prospect Jorge Alfaro. He had a good tournament despite being short-lived. Alfaro hit .250 (3 for 12) with one home run.

Canada -- which went a dreadful 0-3 in round one resulting in elimination -- featured Phillies pitching prospect Nick Pivetta, who pitched 12 games between Double A Reading and Triple A Lehigh Valley last season.

Pivetta pitched in four innings for Canada. He posted a 2.25 ERA and allowed five hits and one run.

Team Italy featured pitching prospect Nick Fanti, who threw just one inning and gave up two hits. Italy went 1-3 in the first round as the club was eliminated from the tournament.

Finally, pitching prospect Kenny Koplove (no appearances in the tournament) represented Israel, which made an exit in the second round after going 1-3. The club was 3-0 in round one.

MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

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MLB Playoffs: Javier Baez snaps out of funk to help Cubs avoid sweep

CHICAGO -- Javier Baez snapped an 0-for-20 skid with two home runs, Wade Davis hung on for a six-out save and the Chicago Cubs avoided a sweep, holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 Wednesday night in Game 4 of the NL Championship Series.

Jake Arrieta pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning to held the defending World Series champion Cubs close their deficit to 3-1. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected for the second time in this series in the eighth, and a packed Wrigley Field crowd watched Davis get Cody Bellinger to ground into a game-ending double play.

Maddon was heavily criticized for not using Davis during a 4-1 loss in Game 2. This time, the Cubs closer threw 48 pitches to finish the job.

Willson Contreras also homered for the Cubs. Bellinger and Justin Turner connected for the Dodgers, who had won a team-record six straight playoff games.

Game 5 is Thursday, with Jose Quintana pitching for Chicago against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (see full recap).

Tanaka, Yankees blank Astros to take ALCS lead
NEW YORK -- Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and the New York Yankees finally solved Houston Astros nemesis Dallas Keuchel, beating the ace lefty 5-0 on Wednesday for a 3-2 lead in the AL Championship Series.

Gary Sanchez hit an RBI single off Keuchel and later homered to help the wild-card Yankees win for the third straight day at home and move within one victory of their first trip to the World Series since 2009.

The teams head back to Houston for Game 6 on Friday night, when Justin Verlander and the reeling Astros will try to regain their footing following an off day and force a decisive Game 7. Luis Severino is scheduled to start for New York.

Just days ago, Houston was up two games to none and appeared to be closing in on its second World Series appearance. But the Astros, like defending AL champion Cleveland before them, have been unable to put away these poised Yankees, who improved to 6-0 at home in this postseason in front of their cheering, chanting fans (see full recap).

MLB Playoffs: Yankees storm back for win over Astros to even ALCS

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MLB Playoffs: Yankees storm back for win over Astros to even ALCS

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge ignited a rousing rally with a home run, then doubled during a four-run eighth inning to spur the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 6-4 Tuesday night and level the AL Championship Series 2-2.

The Yankees trailed 4-0 against starter Lance McCullers Jr. until Judge homered leading off the seventh. He tied it with a line drive that nearly left the park in the eighth and scored on Gary Sanchez's go-ahead two-run double off loser Ken Giles.

The Yankees have rallied from a second straight 0-2 series deficit -- they beat Cleveland in the Division Series by winning three in a row to take that best-of-five matchup.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth, and New York improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs.

Masahiro Tanaka pitches for New York against Dallas Keuchel in Game 5 Wednesday and rematch of the opener, won by the Astros 2-1 (see full recap).

Dodgers on brink of World Series after shutout
CHICAGO -- Yu Darvish pitched sparkling ball into the seventh inning, Chris Taylor homered again and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Tuesday night to open a commanding 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.

Andre Ethier also went deep and Taylor added an RBI triple in the fifth as Los Angeles set a franchise record with its sixth consecutive playoff win. Yasiel Puig had two more hits in another entertaining performance that included an impressive bat flip -- on a long foul ball in the first inning.

Looking for a four-game sweep and their 22nd NL pennant, the Dodgers will send Alex Wood to the mound Wednesday night at Wrigley Field with a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since their last championship in 1988. Jake Arrieta, eligible for free agency after the season, pitches for the Cubs in what could be his final start with the team.

Los Angeles was eliminated by Chicago in the NLCS last year, but this is a different group of Dodgers. The lineup is patient and pesky and the pitching staff is much deeper, especially since Darvish was acquired in a trade with Texas in the final minutes before the July 31 deadline (see full recap).