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Shawn Hill shuts down Cuba in first Pan-Am Games start

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Revolution starter Shawn Hill, even at age 34, continues to demonstrate he’s still a go-to option for the Canadian Senior National team, even a couple years after he was at the top of their rotation for the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

After making a start in an exhibition game against Team USA on July 4 in preparation for the Pan-Am Games in Toronto, Hill made his first start of the tournament July 14 against Cuba.  Hill tossed six shutout innings, walking only one, and allowed just three hits in Canada’s 3-1 victory.  The win improved Canada to 4-0 in round robin play, their other wins coming against the Dominican Republic, Colombia and Nicaragua.  The Canadians will finish their preliminary schedule against Puerto Rico on July 16 and the United States on July 17.

The host nation is trying to repeat as Pan-Am champs, after Canada stunned Cuba to win gold in Mexico in 2011, the first gold of any kind for Canada’s top club in any international tournament.  The top four teams in the standings will face off in semifinal action July 18, with the gold medal game July 19.  It is possible, although not likely, Hill could start a potential gold medal game if Canada advances.  In any event, by the 18th he’d have three days rest, and would be on full rest by the 19th, and available to pitch even if it’s not in a starting capacity.

-Paul Braverman

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