Nelson Figueroa pitched six shutout innings and Puerto Rico edged the United States 4-3 to claim the last semi-final berth in the World Baseball Classic.
Nelson Figueroa of Puerto Rico pitches during a World Baseball Classic 2nd round game against the United States at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, on March 15, 2013. Figueroa pitched six shutout innings as Puerto Rico edged the United States 4-3 to claim the last semi-final berth.
Figueroa, a 38-year-old right-hander for the Arizona Diamondbacks, on Friday silenced a US lineup of Major League Baseball's best sluggers to secure Puerto Rico's first berth in the final four of the global baseball showdown.
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