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Ticket punched: Team Mexico advances to quarterfinals of World Baseball Classic with win over Team Canada

PHOENIX – Thanks to a clutch offensive round by Randy Arozarena and Alexis Wilson throughout group play at the World Baseball Classic, Team Mexico cruised through and punched a ticket to the quarterfinals in MIami, Florida.

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Randy Arozarena recorded five RBI against Team Canada to help secure Mexico's spot in the World Baseball Classic quarterfinal. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Hobbs: State not ready to execute Gunches by April 6; court urged to step in

WASHINGTON - With just three weeks until convicted murderer Aaron Gunches is scheduled to be put to death, a court battle continues to rage over whether the state will be ready to execute him by lethal injection on April 6.


Sam Huff’s eye-popping power could lead to spot on Texas Rangers’ Opening Day roster

SURPRISE – Arizona native Sam Huff is a catcher in the Rangers organization who has dealt with a slew of injuries over the past two years. The towering slugger looks to “power” his way onto the club’s Opening Day roster.

Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff is batting .364 with one homer and 3 RBI in eight spring training games. (Photo by John Cascella/Cronkite News)

Returners Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado longed to defend Team USA’s 2017 World Baseball Classic gold

PHOENIX – Team USA hoisted the World Baseball Classic trophy at Dodger Stadium in 2017. Veterans Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado of the St. Louis Cardinal are the only returners to Team USA in 2023.

St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado is one of two players on Team USA to play in two World Baseball Classic tournaments. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Mercy! Team Canada dominates Great Britain, announces presence at World Baseball Classic

PHOENIX – In the first game of two on Sunday in group C, Canada took on Great Britain and mercied them 18-8 in a matchup that only lasted seven innings but almost four hours. It was a breath of fresh air for the Canadians, who didn’t make it past the group stages in 2017 but are looking to make a serious run in 2023.

Chicago Cubs prospect Owen Caissie is soaking up his first World Baseball Classic as a member of Team Canada. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

‘Honored and humbled’ Mark DeRosa goes from microphone to manager at helm of Team USA in World Baseball Classic

PHOENIX – Mark DeRosa has been one of the faces of MLB Network since his retirement from the Toronto Blue Jays a decade ago. Since then, he has found a home behind the roundtable almost every night. Now, DeRosa takes his talents to the dugout, becoming manager of the United States baseball team in his managerial debut.

After playing in the majors for more than a decade, Mark DeRosa brings his knowledge from the booth to the dugout as a first-time manager for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

As World Baseball Classic play nears, Royals get sneak peek at Team USA opponent Great Britain

SURPRISE – As World Baseball Classic Pool C play nears, the Kansas City Royals played an exhibition game and faced Great Britain, who will play Team USA Saturday at Chase Field.


Luke Voit, Tyler Naquin travel similar roads to arrive in Brewers camp

PHOENIX – Luke Voit and Tyler Naquin have followed similar paths in their baseball careers, and it led them both to the Milwaukee Brewers. The major league veterans signed minor league contracts on Feb. 21 and were invited to spring training as non-roster additions. They have about a month to carve out a niche that will earn them a roster spot on Opening Day.

After recently signing with the Brewers, Luke Voit is campaigning for a spot on the Opening Day roster as a non-roster addition. (Photo by Robert Crompton/Cronkite News)

Pick-Nick party: Arizona Cardinals introduce Rallis as new defensive coordinator

TEMPE – The Arizona Cardinals and Jonathan Gannon hired Nick Rallis and held an introductory press conference on Wednesday to formally introduce him. The defensive coordinator’s promotion makes him the youngest coordinator in the NFL.

Nick Rallis addresses the media during his introductory press conference as the Arizona Cardinals new defensive coordinator on Wednesday. (Photo by Jake Seymour/Cronkite News)

365 days: One year ago, Mercury star Brittney Griner was arrested at a Russian airport

PHOENIX – One year ago, Mercury star Brittney Griner was arrested at a Russian airport for allegedly smuggling vape cartridges. Ten months later, she was freed in a high-profile prisoner exchange and recently started making appearances in the Phoenix community.

Mercury star Brittney Griner, right, attended the WM Phoenix Open with her wife, Cherelle, It was one of just two public appearances since she was released from a Russian prison in December. (Photo by Matt Venezia/Cronkite News)

New Suns acquisition Kevin Durant: ‘I know what a championship would mean to this city’

PHOENIX – The deal was done but fans had yet to hear Kevin Durant speak. That changed Thursday when the newest Phoenix Suns player met the media in front of a cheering crowd.

Durant acknowledges the crowd after he was introduced and said, “I know what a championship would mean to this city.” (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)

New Phoenix Suns Warren and Bazley have connections to Arizona

PHOENIX – A week after the NBA trade deadline, and the marquee name plastered all around the Valley is that of 13-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant. The former Brooklyn Net brings championship aspirations back to Phoenix, but he also brings along a familiar face. Forward T.J. Warren, who was part of the trade from Brooklyn, played his first five NBA seasons in Phoenix.

Less than a month ago, T.J. Warren, right, and Cameron Johnson wore different jerseys. A trade means Warren is back in a Suns uniform and Johnson is sporting one from the Brooklyn Nets. (Photo by Chris Coduto/Getty Images)