This time, the Dominicans didn’t let the Netherlands interfere with their road to the World Baseball Classic championship.
Late lineup addition Moises Sierra hit a tying RBI double in the fifth, Jose Reyes added a go-ahead single two batters later, and the Dominican Republic reached the WBC final with a 4-1 win against the Netherlands Monday night in San Francisco.
Now, it’s Dominican Republic vs. Puerto Rico for the title. The teams will play Tuesday night at AT&T Park just three days after the Dominicans (7-0) won Saturday’s matchup in Miami.
One of these proud island nations will get to throw quite a party.
Tuesday’s winner will earn the distinction of world champion for the first time in the three-event history of the WBC. Puerto Rico eliminated two-time defending Classic champion Japan, 3-1, Sunday night.
Fernando Rodney finished Monday’s win by the Dominican Republic for his sixth save of the tourney. The Dominicans were still fuming four years after the Netherlands beat them twice in the 2009 WBC’s first round for a stunning early exit.
Cardinals righthander Chris Carpenter is still dealing with numbing and tingling sensations in his pitching hand, arm, and shoulder, and he realizes his career may be over.
‘‘I'm not going to have surgery anymore,’’ said Carpenter, 37, who made a surprise appearance at the team’s camp in Jupiter, Fla. ‘‘We'll see what happens. With the things that are going on in everyday life, I just don’t see it getting better, to be honest with you.’’
Asked if he wanted to continue pitching, the 15-year veteran and 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner said, ‘‘I do. I just don’t think I can.’’
Dice-K not in plans
Indians general manager Chris Antonetti and manager Terry Francona met with Daisuke Matsuzaka in Goodyear, Ariz., and told the righthander he will not break camp with the club.
After pitching in just 11 games last season with the Red Sox following elbow reconstruction surgery, Matsuzaka, 32, may accept an offer to stay in the Indians’ minor league camp. He will be paid $18,000 a month if he stays in the organization at the minor league level.
‘‘This is the first time, I've been in this situation. I did not know what to expect,’’ Masuzaka said through his interpretor. ‘‘The teammates have been great; the staff has been great, taking care of me and helping me get better. I really appreciate what the organization has done for me.”
Headley out a month
Padres third baseman Chase Headley will miss at least the first two weeks of the season after breaking the tip of his left thumb. Headley was injured Sunday while sliding into second base trying to break up a double play. He went to San Diego, and an exam Monday revealed the fracture. The injury is not likely to require surgery and will need about a month to heal . . . It appears Zack Greinke’s first regular-season start for the Dodgers will be pushed back by at least a few days and possibly longer. The team said the former Cy Young Award winner felt strong a day after his first bullpen session since receiving an injection in his pitching elbow. Greinke is scheduled to pitch again on Wednesday.