Royals prominent in Thursday's Classic action

Royals prominent in Thursday's Classic action

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There was a lot of action on Thursday for the Royals' participants in the World Baseball Classic.

Reliever Kelvin Herrera pitched two scoreless innings in the Dominican Republic's 3-1 win over Team USA in Miami, clinching a semi-final spot in San Francisco. The only baserunner against Herrera was Royals teammate Eric Hosmer, who was safe on shortstop Jose Reyes' throwing error. Miguel Tejada played third base and batted second for the Dominican, going 1-for-5.He's 4-for-12 (.333) in four games.

Hosmer drew a bases-loaded walk off Samuel Deduno for the USA's run in the first inning. USA reliever Tim Collins pitched two-thirds of a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and an intentional walk. Going into Friday's do-or-die game against Puerto Rico, Hosmer was 4-for-21 (.190) with five RBIs -- second-best on the team.

The Royals' Irving Falu, playing second base for Puerto Rico, was 4-for-20 (.200) in five games before Friday's elimination game.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.