Jonathan Schoop

Surprising Israel prepares for 2nd round at WBC

On a World Baseball Classic high, Israel will be aiming to extend its unexpected run at the tournament when it arrives in Tokyo for the second round after winning its first three games in Seoul.

Team Israel beat 2009 silver medalist South Korea 2-1, Taiwan 15-7 and a Netherlands team that included such bona fide major leaguers as Didi Gregorius, Xander Bogaerts and Jonathan Schoop by a score of 4-2.

Israel will begin the second round against Cuba on Sunday at Tokyo Dome looking to go 4-0. The top two teams advance to the March 20-22 championship round at Dodger Stadium.

Israel manager Jerry Weinstein is making sure to tone down the rhetoric for a team making its first...