Baseball: USA qualifies for Tokyo Olympics with 4-2 win over Venezuela

The United States celebrates after defeating Venezuela in Florida, US, on June 5, 2021.
The United States celebrates after defeating Venezuela in Florida, US, on June 5, 2021.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The United States men's baseball team qualified for the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday (June 5), beating Venezuela 4-2 to finish 4-0 and win the America's qualifying tournament in Florida.

Two-time Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Todd Frazier had a home run and four hits for the Americans, who will compete in the Olympic baseball tournament with Japan, Mexico, Israel and South Korea.

A sixth team will be added later.

The Olympic tournament will be held July 28 to Aug 7 in Fukushima and Yokohama.

Venezuela can still get into the Games if they win another qualifying tournament on June 22-26 in Mexico.

Australia, the Dominican Republic, Netherlands and Taiwan are also competing in that competition.

The American team is mainly made up of former major MLB players and some minor league players.