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Lance Lynn to start for Team USA in WBC quarterfinal

/ by Michael Allardyce
Presented By Nationwide Insurance Agent Jeff Vukovich
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Team USA is facing Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinals.

And USA is handing the ball to Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lance Lynn.

Lynn started against Canada on March 13 and set the tone in the game. Lynn pitched five innings, allowing just two hits and a single run. He also had six strikeouts.

Lynn also did all that in 65 pitches.

"Normal game during the season I have like 130 [pitches]," Lynn said. "I didn't have that opportunity tonight. Those are the games you're here for. You have to go deep, and it worked out tonight."

Lynn's White Sox teammate Tim Anderson was also vital in the win over Canada. Anderson had a strong outing in the field while getting two hits and a walk at the plate.

Anderson also drove in a run.

"I'm always out there to prove something," Anderson said. "Just to be among some of the greats. Get a chance for the world to see. You know what kind of athlete I am, and the guys get to know the kind of person I am. I'm thankful and blessed for this opportunity."

Team USA ended up winning via the mercy rule.

The opportunity to represent team USA is something that means a lot to Lynn, and he gets the start in a win or go-home game for his country.


"It means a lot," Lynn said of the opportunity to represent the United States in the WBC. "I did it in college, I was 19 or 20 years old and didn't quite understand what that meant back then. So being a little older and being around, seeing a lot of different things, it's definitely an opportunity I'm looking forward to.

"Having that opportunity again and really understanding what it means this time. Being a little older, it's gonna be fun."

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