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Jarren Duran, Triston Casas help Team USA win Olympic qualifying opener

Triston Casas (left) and Jarren Duran (right) each notched multi-hit games for Team USA against Nicaragua on Monday.Jim Davis/Globe Staff

Jarren Duran was 3 for 6 with a run scored and two RBIs and Triston Casas 2 for 4 with a walk as Team USA opened the Americas Olympic qualifying tournament with a 7-1 victory against Nicaragua at Port St. Lucie, Fla on Monday.

Duran batted second and played center field. Casas hit seventh and played first base for manager Mike Scioscia.

Team USA needs to win the eight-team tournament to secure an Olympic berth. The second and third place teams advance to a last-chance qualifier in Mexico starting June 22.

The U.S. faces the Dominican Republic on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Another Red Sox prospect, infielder Jeter Downs, was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and was hit by a pitch for Colombia in a 7-0 loss against Canada.

Peter Abraham can be reached at peter.abraham@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.