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Who Brought The Cops Out?

Chris Kline -

There is a higher level of security here in Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium than at any other time during the Series, and as of the top of the ninth inning, they are now lined up on both the right and left field lines . . . about 20 on each side.

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Gil, Gomez Lift Mexico . . . Finally

Chris Kline -

With its final chance, Mexico entered the win column with a dramatic, 4-3 win over Venezuela on Wednesday.With the score tied, 3-3, Heber Gomez led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple, and Gil singled him in to score the winning run a batter later.And now, it's Lima Time.

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Souvenir Sale As Venezuela Leads

Chris Kline -

At the beginning of the tournament, there were commemorative 2007 Caribbean Series baseballs for sale at the souvenir stand.But not since they ran out of balls to play with yesterday."I gave them my last three dozen," the manager of the stand said. He actually said he sold them, though I'm really not certain how a transaction like that goes down.

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Yikes

Chris Kline -

I know we're supposed to be talking the final day of the Caribbean Series and everything, but let's talk Cuban defectors for a second.Well, one in particular.I just had a scout run 18-year-old outfielder Ryde Rodriguez (who isn't actually a defector since he left the country legally) under the bus.

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Fried Rice

Aaron Fitt -

There were a number of interesting games last night, including Texas' nine-stolen-base effort in a 9-4 win against Texas-Arlington; fine pitching performances from Southern California's Tommy Milone, Kevin Couture and Paul Koss in a 5-2 win against Loyola-Marymount; Jordan Chambless striking out five in 1.2 innings of relief in Texas A&M's 9-1 win against Texas-Southern; and Pepperdine and Long Beach State playing to a 7-7 tie in a game suspended after 10 innings due to darkness. But the most interesting of all was Texas State's 3-2 upset of No. 1 Rice in San Marcos, Texas. The Bobcats pushed across a run on three consecutive singles in the ninth inning against Rice junior righthander Bobby Bell, who worked the ninth and suffered his first career loss in 13 decisions. The Owls were just glad to have Bell back on the mound--he been limited this spring because of a pulled hamstring and a severe grease burn on his pitching hand suffered three weeks ago.

College

Follow It Up

John Manuel -

Mercer coach Craig Gibson was excited Monday to talk about his team's surprising series sweep at Miami. The Bears won two games against the Hurricanes, who had entered the series ranked second, and the third game was rained out (perhaps you saw Sunday during a certain football game that it rained a lot in Miami).But Gibson doesn't want his team to get too excited; it's got another tough road series coming up this weekend against Bethune-Cookman, which has won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference every year but once since 1999. The fact that Mercer's best players are both fifth-year seniors--righthander Brantley New and catcher Josh Thompson--should help keep the team from getting too excited over its big opening weekend.

College

Baseball Factory Preseason Tournament Top Prospects

Lefthander Robert Carson was among more than 200 high school players in attendance at the 2007 Under Armour Baseball Factory preseason all-America tournament in Tucson. The senior from Hattiesburg (Miss.) High was named the event's top prospect after showing an 88-89 mph fastball, touching 94.

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Promise

Chris Kline -

I know I didn't get the chance to blog much yesterday, but I am certain there will be much more heading your way today. I mean, it's Jose Lima on the mound for the Dominican Republic for crying out loud.Come on.And to think I didn't even mention the between-innings spotlight on a suite behind home plate where some guy was wearing sunglasses and a bandana and was lip synching "Livin' La Vida Loca" while surrounded by scantily-clad women dancers . . . or my first complete sentence in Spanish: "Lo siento mi espanol es muy malo."

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Bazardo And Butto . . .

Chris Kline -

Yorman Bazardo--who has been outstanding since the Mariners designated him for assignment after signing Jeff Weaver--and Francisco Butto were two of the main reasons Venezuela was able to put away Puerto Rico on Tuesday and hand the Caribbean Series title to the Dominican Republic.Bazardo (and we'll have a scout's view on him coming soon), was impressive, flashing a low 90s four-seamer and a hard curveball with good late life, looks like he's approaching this Series as a showcase since being removed from the Mariners' 40-man roster.

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Dr. Strangelove

Chris Kline -

I'm seriously sorry for not blogging today like I have in previous days--18-hour days can burn you out . . . fast.So Puerto Rico lost the chance to win its first Cairbbean Series title since 2000 after losing to Venezuela, 3-1.Things might have been different if umpires actually made the right call on Cesar Crespo's home run in the seventh. Crespo hit a long fly ball down the left field line that was hooking when it approached the foul pole, but coincidentally, I was actually sitting down in the left field corner--my brother-in-law was randomly in town and those were our seats--and the ball hooked at least five feet into fair territory.

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