The World Baseball Classic [19 HQ Photos]

As the 2013 World Baseball Classic enters it’s home stretch we look at some of the highlights from the first half of play. Tune in tonight as the United States and Ryan Braun take on Robinson Cano’s Dominican Republic at 7:00 pm in in the quarter finals.

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Nelson Cruz #17 and Robinson Cano #24 of the Dominican Republic celebrate after winning a World Baseball Classic second round game against Italy at Marlins Park on March 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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Jose Ryes #7 of the Dominican Republic makes a throw to first during a World Baseball Classic second round game against Italy at Marlins Park on March 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Gio Gonzalez #47 of the United States pitches during a World Baseball Classic second round game against Puerto Rico at Marlins Park on March 12, 2013 in Miami, Florida.

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Netherlands pitcher Loek Van Mil and catcher Dashenko Ricardo celebrate.

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Canada and Mexico fight during the ninth inning of a World Baseball Classic game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Phoenix.

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Pitcher Alfredo Aceves of Mexico is held back by coach Larry Walker of Canada during an on-field altercation between both teams in the World Baseball Classic on Saturday, March 9.

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Joe Mauer, Chris Robinson, Brian Knight

The United States’ Joe Mauer, left, connects for a hit as Canada’s Chris Robinson and umpire Brian Knight work behind home plate in the sixth inning during a World Baseball Classic game on Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Phoenix. The United States defeated Canada 9-4.

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Chinese Taipei v Cuba - World Baseball Classic Second Round Pool 1

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Miguel Cabrera of Venezuela speaks to the media before the game against the Dominican Republic during the first round of the World Baseball Classic at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on March 7, 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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Angel Castro #45 of the Dominican Republic pitches against Venezuela during the first round of the World Baseball Classic at Hiram Bithorn Stadium on March 7, 2013 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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David Wright #5 of Team USA celebrates with teammate Eric Hosmer #35 after defeating Team Italy 6 to 2 after the World Baseball Classic First Round Group D game against team Italy at Chase Field on March 9, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.

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United States’ Brandon Phillips stretches before an exhibition baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The game is the first of two exhibitions the team will play leading up the the start of the World Baseball Classic.

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The United States team prepares to take batting practice before exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The game is the first of two exhibitions the team will play leading up the the start of the World Baseball Classic.

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Japan’s shortstop Hayato Sakamoto rounds bases after hitting a grand slam off Netherlands’ pitcher Berry Van Driel in the seventh inning of their World Baseball Classic second round game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, March 10, 2013.

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Japan’s starter Kenta Maeda poses with a Japanese flag for photographers after beating the Netherlands in their World Baseball Classic second round game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, March 10, 2013. The game was called in the bottom of the seventh inning with a score of 16-4.

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Taylor Green’s reaction to a strikeout sums up much of Canada’s frustration at the World Baseball Classic. Green, Tyson Gillies and Joey Votto combined to go 6-for-37 at the top of the batting order, one of the team’s many downfalls at the tournament.

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Relief pitcher Sergio Romo #54 of Mexico pitches against Italy during the ninth inning of the World Baseball Classic First Round Group D game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 7, 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Italy defeated Mexico 6-5.

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The 16 MLB Fan Cave International Dwellers have arrived in New York to watch every game of the World Baseball Classic

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