Cuba is the surprise team of the World Baseball Classic, in more ways than one• U.S. players are enjoying the WBC experience

David Givens's whirlwind free-agency tour • Edgerrin James has gone to theBirds • Three clubs with plenty of money to spend

With their new goalie playing spectacularly, the Canadiens trade a fan favorite• Teams that improved with deadline deals

PHOTOPhotograph by John Biever A REALLAUGHER Third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13), manager Buck Martinez (far left) andsome U.S. teammates set the tone early for a 17-0 rout of South Africa thatclinched a second-round berth in the World Baseball Classic last Friday inPhoenix (page 109).