Phil Rogers joined MLB.com in 2013, and has covered Major League Baseball since 1984.
|As players from Team USA and Puerto Rico return to their MLB teams after an excellent three-week adventure, the good news is that Opening Day is right around the corner. So with that in mind, here are 10 questions that still need to be answered in the next 10 days.
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|Tonight at 9 ET on MLB.TV and MLB Network, it's Jim Leyland's Team USA vs. the unbeaten blondes from Puerto Rico, after World Baseball Classic semifinals that left us wondering what could possibly be next.
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|The World Baseball Classic gets better every time it's held. If you haven't noticed, then check out Monday night's semifinal between the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.
More»Netherlands, Puerto Rico ready to face off in semis|
|In one of the most compelling World Baseball Classic highlights we've seen, Adam Jones raced across the Petco Park outfield, and almost into the arms of dozens of fans beyond the center-field fence. He soared higher and higher, farther and farther, and finally the beautiful white baseball was in his glove.
More» Statcast tracks Jones' homer-robbing catch|
|Derek Falvey had one foot out the door while fully engaged in his job last fall. He couldn't be in two places at one time, but he was doing two jobs at the same time.
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|Clint Hurdle knows all about Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks. As manager of the Pirates, he sees more than his share of them and the Cubs' lineup that works behind them.
More» Nova discusses efficient spring start|
|Chris Sale can be a tough guy to like from the opposing dugout. But when he's on your side? He's a super-talented leader who works fast, competes furiously and always looks out for his teammates.
More» Sale strikes out three over four innings|
|Jose Quintana's World Baseball Classic outing vs. Team USA was the perfect showcase for a pitcher who remains imminently available for any team that has enough high-level prospects to pull off a deal -- like, say, the Astros. Only one issue with this long-rumored trade: The Astros don't need Quintana.
More»Keuchel, McHugh discuss Astros' starting rotation|
|The Dominican Republic not only came, saw and conquered at Marlins Park over the weekend, but it did so at volume levels North American fans would equate to Motorhead concerts, not baseball games in March.
More» Castillo gives D.R. lead on two-run single|
|Many of Justin Verlander's teammates are scattered around the globe, representing their countries in the World Baseball Classic. He likewise was tempted to accept an offer to play for Jim Leyland, but ultimately declined. Verlander turned 34 in February and is completely focused on getting the Tigers back to the postseason.
More» Verlander fans two over three innings|
|Thanks to the best starting pitching in the World Baseball Classic -- who needs Cy Young winners, anyway? -- Jim Leyland's United States team survived a harrowing weekend at Marlins Park, and now it's on to Petco Park in San Diego for the second round.
More» Leyland on being relieved to move on|
|Colombia doesn't have a regular who will be on a Major League roster on Opening Day, yet in the country's World Baseball Classic debut, it was in position to beat the seemingly unstoppable Dominican Republic.
More» Alfaro ties the game in 8th with solo shot|
|How great of an idea was the World Baseball Classic? Ask anyone who was at Marlins Park on Saturday night. Or at the gleaming Estadio Charros De Jalisco outside Guadalajara, Mexico. Or those who spent their Saturday watching the action from both venues.
More» Cruz crushes go-ahead, three-run shot in 8th|
|There's nothing subtle, nothing top secret, about Dayan Diaz's fastball. It's a sledge hammer -- or at least that's how it must have seemed to Jamie Romak. He swung and missed the 96-mph heater on Saturday afternoon, and just like that there was unparalleled joy in the dugout of Colombia's national team and in sections of the stands at Marlins Park.
More» Diaz fans Romak to finish Colombia's win|
|And now, your main event. Team USA faces the Dominican Republic powerhouse amid the cacophony of a sellout crowd fit for the World Cup. They won't fret that they were almost 0-1.
More» Christian Yelich talks about playing the DR|
|Based on the noise from drums, boomsticks (shaped like the plantain that Fernando Rodney waved after saves in the 2013 WBC) and other noisemakers on Thursday night at Marlins Park, it's clear winning will never get old for Team Dominican Republic.
More»Bautista joins Morosi after win to talk big homer|
|Ryan Dempster's comeback to serve as Canada's No. 1 starter in the World Baseball Classic didn't exactly go the way he would have drawn it up. But there were silver linings.
More» Dempster fans Bautista on check-swing|
|When last seen on the main stage, Andrew Miller was a leading man for an Indians team that did everything except win the World Series. He's a key piece of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, and Jim Leyland is thrilled to have him.
More»Miller talks about being optimistic for 2017 Classic|
|Chris Archer will throw the first pitch for Team USA in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, and that's fitting. He's everything Major League Baseball had in mind when it created the event.
More»Archer is very proud to be playing for Team USA|
|There are always lots of eyes on Jose Quintana when he pitches. But it won't just be Major League scouts and Chicago fans who focus on the White Sox lefty his next time out.