Behind early outburst, France ousts Spain
Buoyed by a big first-inning rally, France defeated Spain, 5-3, on Friday afternoon at Rod Carew Stadium to revive its hopes in the Panama City pool of the World Baseball Classic qualifier. With the loss, Spain was eliminated in its bid to reach its second consecutive Classic tournament. France will try to keep its tournament hopes going on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, when it faces the loser of Friday night's Colombia-Panama matchup. The winner of that Saturday contest will face the Colombia-Panama winner on Sunday at 7 looking to win the pool and earn a trip to the Classic. Fans can watch all Classic qualifier action on MLB.com or worldbaseballclassic.com and follow along with Gameday.