Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, seven pitchers handcuffed U.S. hitters all night, and Mexico rebounded from a disappointing opening loss with a 5-2 win over the Americans (0-1) in Pool D of the World Baseball Classic on Friday in Phoenix.

Coming off a last-inning loss to Italy, Mexico (1-1) tagged U.S. starter R.A. Dickey for four runs in the first three innings, including a two-run homer by Gonzalez in the third.

Yovani Gallardo got Mexico off to a good start with 31/3 solid innings, and Luis Cruz had two RBIs to give a pro-Mexico crowd of 44,256 plenty to cheer about at Chase Field.

Chris Colabello had four hits, including a three-run homer, and Italy routed Canada 14-4 in Phoenix. The game was called in the eighth under the mercy rule. Former Serra High-San Mateo star Dan Serafini was one of five pitchers used by Italy.

  • Sho Tanaka's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning lifted defending champion Japan over Taiwan 4-3 in Tokyo in the second round of the WBC. Japan will face the Netherlands on Sunday with a chance to secure a spot in the March 17-19 final round in San Francisco. The Netherlands defeated Cuba 6-2.

  • Carlos Beltran's RBI double keyed a three-run first inning, and Puerto Rico went on to a 3-0 win over Spain at the WBC in San Juan. In the opener for both teams, Angel Pagan got Puerto Rico started with a leadoff single.

  • Former Cal star Allen Craig, coming off a breakout season with St. Louis, agreed to a $31 million, five-year deal. The Cardinals also have a $13 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. The 28-year-old first baseman hit .307 with 22 home runs and 92 RBIs in 2012 despite not playing his first game until May 1 following offseason knee surgery.

  • The New York Yankees released former A's reliever Michael Wuertz.

    NFL

    The 49ers were scheduled to meet with veteran John Abraham after the free agent defensive end met with Seattle on Friday, according to USA Today's Mike Garafolo. Abraham, 34, was cut by Atlanta last week. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio said Abraham is also slated for visits with Tennessee and New Orleans.

  • Quarterback Matt Moore signed a two-year contract to remain with Miami as a backup to Ryan Tannehill rather than testing free agency next week. Also, receiver Brian Hartline signed a five-year deal for nearly $31 million to remain with the Dolphins, his agent said. The contract includes $12.5 million guaranteed, Drew Rosenhaus said. Hartline had 74 catches for 1,083 yards in 2012.

  • New York Giants center David Baas re-worked his contract for cap purposes. He'll still earn $4.25 million, but his base pay was lowered to $1.25 million.

  • Dallas linebacker Anthony Spencer said he plans to sign a franchise tag deal for $10.6 million next week.

  • Chris Gronkowski became an unrestricted free agent after Denver declined to issue a contract tender to the fullback.

    Motor sports

    Eight months after failing a NASCAR drug test and losing his job on Roger Penske's Sprint Cup team, AJ Allmendinger was rehired by Penskie to drive in two IndyCar races -- in Birmingham, Ala., on April 7 and the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

    The South Bay native got IZOD as his primary sponsor for both races. If Penske finds more funding, the schedule could be expanded. Allmendinger also has a part-time Cup schedule, finishing 11th at Phoenix last week.

  • Brad Keselowski will start on the pole after rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The field was set by 2012 points, giving the pole to last season's series champion. Daytona 500 champion Jimmie Johnson will be in Row 2.

  • Danica Patrick got smacked by a stray rock while attending a dirt track race in Las Vegas, leaving her with a sore head.

    Soccer

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has two broken bones in his back and likely will miss the U.S.'s World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica on March 22 and Mexico on March 26. Aston Villa's Brad Guzan is likely to take over in goal.

  • U.S. goalie Hope Solo will be sidelined three-to-four months after surgery to repair torn cartilage in her wrist.

    Miscellany

    The Big East made its split official, with seven basketball schools breaking away from the football-playing members in a deal effective July 1. Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, Seton Hall, Villanova, Marquette and DePaul will get the Big East name. According to sources, Xavier and Butler are "unanimous" choices to join the new basketball-centered league. The football members, most of which are newcomers to a conference that has been ravaged by realignment, get a cash haul of $100 million. The split must be ratified by school presidents.

  • Maria Sharapova routed Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-1 in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. In first-round men's play, James Blake beat Robin Haase 6-3, 6-4.

  • Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa formally notified the USOC of the city's interest in being a candidate for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Orange County Registered reported.

  • Nikki Meyer, a short-track speedskating medalist at the 1992 and '94 Olympics, says Olympic medalist and former U.S. Speedskating president Andy Gabel raped her when she was 15. Last week, former speedskater Bridie Farrell said she and Gabel had a sexual relationship when she was 15.

    MCT Information Services contributed to this report.