LOS ANGELES (AP) - Evan Longoria has replaced Chipper Jones on
the United States roster for the semifinal round of the World Baseball Classic.
USA baseball executive director Paul Seiler said Thursday that the Americans are fortunate to have a player of Longoria's caliber to replace Jones at third base.
The U.S. will play Sunday at Dodger Stadium against the winner of Thursday night's game between Japan and South Korea.
Jones played in four WBC games before he left team with a muscle
strain in his right side.
During the tournament's second round in Miami, Team USA also lost second baseman Dustin Pedroia (left side), first baseman Kevin Youkilis (sprained left ankle, left Achilles' tendinitis) and reliever Matt Lindstrom (strained right rotator cuff) to injuries.
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