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March 20, 2023

Trea Turner leads the World Baseball Classic in home runs

After hitting a go-ahead grand slam against Venezuela, Team USA's Trea Turner followed things up with two home runs against Cuba in the World Baseball Classic semifinals.

Another day of World Baseball Classic action and another Trea Turner home run extravaganza. 

After Turner hit a go-ahead grand slam in Team USA's quarterfinals win over Venezuela on Saturday night, the Phillies' new shortstop went yard twice against Cuba on Sunday, propelling his squad to Tuesday's championship game. 

Turner had a solo shot in the second inning to make it a 3-1 game:

Turner then launched a three-run homer in the sixth inning as Team USA continued to pour it on:

He's up to four home runs during the WBC, the most of any player. He's tied for the tournament lead with 10 RBI. Hitting .368 with an on-base percentage of .429 and a slugging percentage of 1.000, Turner could be in line for MVP honors if Team USA defeats Japan on Tuesday night to win the World Baseball Classic. 

Turner has been hitting ninth in the Team USA lineup. Mark DeRosa gets some Philly respect being a Penn grad, but maybe it's time to bump that guy up closer to the top of the order, pal? 

This is exactly what Phillies fans want to see ahead of the Fightins' season-opening matchup with the Rangers on March 30. 

The World Baseball Classic Championship will air on Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Team USA will play the winner of Monday night's Mexico-Japan semifinals game. 

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