Archer won't rejoin U.S. at WBC: I was told I'm 'no longer needed'

Chris Archer, who returned to Tampa Bay Rays camp after firing four perfect innings for the United States in its first-round victory over Colombia at the World Baseball Classic, won't be rejoining his countrymen for the tournament's championship round, as he'd expected, having received a message Sunday morning informing him he's "no longer needed."

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, even before the United States had secured a semi-final berth with a thrilling 6-3 victory over the Dominican Republic on Saturday night, Archer had booked a flight to Los Angeles to join his fellow Americans for the championship round. Due to circumstances "out of (his) control," however, the 28-year-old will have to watch his countrymen take on Japan on Tuesday night on television, instead.

A victory lands the United States a spot in the winner-take-all championship game against either Puerto Rico – still undefeated in the tournament – or the Netherlands.

Earlier this week, after returning to Port Charlotte, Fla. following his sparkling performance against the Colombians, Archer gushed about representing his country at the WBC, describing the experience as "some of the most fun (he's) ever had playing baseball."

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United States advances to semis with win over Dominican Republic

The United States got its revenge, and is moving on to the next round at the World Baseball Classic.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning and Andrew McCutchen added a two-RBI double in the eighth to lead the United States to a 6-3 win over the Dominican Republic on Saturday to advance to the Championship Round.

In the winner-take-all game, the Americans avenged a first-round loss to the Dominican Republic and bounced the reigning champs from the tournament in the process.

After the Dominicans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the Americans tied the game in the third courtesy an RBI force out by Ian Kinsler and an RBI double from Christian Yelich. They would double the lead in the fourth courtesy Stanton’s blast.

Manny Machado appeared to have a home run in the seventh before his Baltimore Orioles teammate Adam Jones made an unbelievable catch at the wall to rob him. The Dominicans would get a run the following at-bat, as Robinson Cano deposited one into the seats that wasn't catchable.

McCutchen would answer in the top half of the eighth with a double to the gap in left center to make it 6-3.

United States starter Danny Duffy allowed two runs (one earned) off six hits over four innings, while Dominican starter Ervin Santana surrendered four runs off six hits in 3 2/3 innings.

The Dominicans finished with nine hits, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

The United States finished second in Pool F, and will now play Pool E winner and two-time WBC champion Japan on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium. The winner will advance to the final against either Puerto Rico or the Netherlands.

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