Canada - 010 001 20 - 4 7 1 Italy - 104 010 35 - 14 17 0Canada loses big in a game stopped with no outs in the bottom of the eighth because of the dreaded Mercy Rule.
The first seven Italian hitters had reached safely in the eighth frame; who knows how many runs they might have scored had they been allowed to continue. Canada's manager, Ernie Whitt: "We got our asses kicked today."
Canada plays Mexico tomorrow at 2:30 PM.
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Canada will be without Brett Lawrie (Blue Jays), who strained his left rib cage diving for a ground ball in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Reds. Infielder Taylor Green (Brewers) replaces Lawrie on the roster.
The game has been moved from Salt River Fields to Chase Field and its retractable roof because rain is expected.
On Thursday afternoon, Italy scored two runs in the top of the ninth and beat Mexico 6-5. Former Red Sox farmhand Anthony Rizzo (Cubs) drove in the two runs with a double off closer Sergio Romo (Giants). (Italy's leadoff hitter, Mr. Nick Punto (Dodgers), started the rally with a one-out double.) Mexico tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth, but left the bases loaded.