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Rosters

Chris Kline -

I keep getting e-mails from you on where the prospect info is, so here are the rosters for each team. This isn't a tournament geared toward prospects, though there are several . . . even if the Mariners don't think Yorman Bazardo (they designated him for assignment a few days ago) has upside.

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Food

Chris Kline -

What is this and where can I get some?We might as well throw 'Sleep' under the same category.It's almost daylight here in the Atlantic Time Zone and all I keep thinking about is whether or not 36-year-old Venezuela righthander Cory Bailey will give their bullpen a rest.

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Lima Time, Part II

Chris Kline -

This is where it gets a little weird. It's been kind of a strange trip already . . . ever since it took over 2 1/2 hours to get my credentials. But during the Dominican Republic press conference, things got a little weirder. I guess I should preface this with the fact that I don't speak Spanish very well at all, and I think I've apologized for being an ignorant American slob on more than one occasion already, but the Venezuelan press conference went first . . . and that was basically Buddy Bailey--piece of cake. He spoke in English and had a translator for the 99.9% Latin American media contingent. But in the Dominican press conference, there was no English spoken whatsoever--never a good sign for the ignorant American slob.

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Lima Time

Chris Kline -

One of the things I was personally looking forward to in the opener was seeing Dominican righthander Jose Lima bring out that national passion against Venezuela. And he didn't disappoint, both in terms of results and his always colorful demeanor. Lima allowed a pair of runs on eight hits over five innings, but certainly added to the drama by seemingly constantly pitching out of jams, then jumping off the mound pumping his fist and pointing to the Dominican flag-waving crowd on his way back to the dugout.

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The Take (Part I)

Chris Kline -

On lefty Horacio Estrada, who started the opener for Venezuela and consistently confused the Dominican lineup with an inconsistent curveball . . . well, all the Dominicans except Miguel Tejada (who tomahawked a blast on a 91 mph fastball Estrada left up in the zone in the fourth) and Tony Batista (who added a towering shot to left in the sixth inning). Estrada located his 87-91 mph fastball well over six innings, allowing just those two runs on four hits. But it was the breaking ball that had scouts talking.

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If You’ve Never Been . . .

Chris Kline -

To the Caribbean Series, then you need to go. Think American fans have passion? Think you saw everything from the Dominican, Venezuelan, Puerto Rican and Mexican fans during the World Baseball Classic last year? Think again. This place is crazy. It's Yankees/Red Sox times 10 . . . with a continual soundtrack you can dance to.

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Dominican Republic Outlasts Venezuela In 18 Innings

J.J. Cooper -

Chris Kline will have more details later, but the Dominican Republic beat Venezuela 4-3 in 18 innings in a wild debut to the 2007 Caribbean Series. Tony Batista's home run tied the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth. That was the last run scored until the top of the 18th, when Ronny Cedeno doubled in Luis Maza to give Venezuela a 3-2 lead.

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Roster Info

Chris Kline -

As we said earlier, there is no Miguel Cabrera here in San Juan, which leaves a hole in the middle of the Venezuelan lineup. Cabrera told Venezuelan journalists the Marlins didn't want him to play in the Series . . . even though he played from the second week of December until the Venezuelan Winter League finals. The good news is Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero is here in San Juan, though he will not be on the active roster. Montero was recently married, and the trip to Puerto Rico is apparently some sort of honeymoon.

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Caribbean Series Begins Tonight

Chris Kline -

The 49th Caribbean Series begins tonight as the best clubs from Mexico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will battle it out for the 2007 title.Puerto Rico is this year's host nation, and all games will be played at Roberto Clemente Walker Stadium, which recently underwent a $1.8 million facelift. Two games will be played at 5 p.m. ET; and will be broadcast on ESPN Deportes.

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Winter Worries

Aaron Fitt -

We got socked by winter weather in Durham this morning. Well, we got a dusting, anyway, which was enough to cause panic amongst the locals and drive the schools to close for the day. But apparently we had it easy, because inclement weather in Stillwater, Okla., has caused the cancellation of Oklahoma State's season-opening series against Hofstra. The Cowboys will instead open up against Lamar in the Citrus Tournament next week at Edinburg, Texas. Hofstra, meanwhile, will open at Auburn next week, then travel to Tallahassee to play Florida State the following weekend. That's assuming winter weather doesn't paralyze the Florida panhandle for another two weeks. Right now, the forecast doesn't look good for the Seminoles' season-opening series against Tennessee this weekend. Some forecasters are calling for high temperatures in the 40s on Sunday."Sunday's supposed to be coldest weather I remember down here in five years," FSU coach Mike Martin said. "We're just not going to play in 40-degree weather, not this early in the season."

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A New Place To Eat Ants . . . Or Breakfast, At Least

Aaron Fitt -

Last week we blogged about the improved facilities at UC Riverside, thanks in large part to the efforts of Troy Percival. Well the Highlanders aren't the only Big West school to improve its baseball facilities this year; UC Irvine's Anteater Park is also getting a major upgrade with the completion of Newkirk Pavilion. The construction of the new 6,500-square-foot facility is in its final stages, and the Anteaters will move into their new two-story baseball offices, locker room, team room, training room, laundry room and equipment room in a matter of days. The new facility is equipped with two 42-inch plasma TVs in the locker room, 41 custom-made lockers, a 50-inch plasma TV in the team room and another 42-inch TV in the coaches' offices.

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Reza Update

Aaron Fitt -

Oklahoma coach Sunny Golloway addressed the condition of shortstop Aaron Reza in the Big 12 coaches teleconference yesterday. Reza, who broke his thumb in practice last week, will likely be out four weeks to allow the injury to heal completely.

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What About The Other Trojans?

Aaron Fitt -

One advantage of a blog is that it allows us to increase our interaction with readers (you may have noticed that a number of insightful comments have already been posted in response to our blog items over the last week). I've always enjoyed reading Jim Callis' terrific "Ask BA" column, and I thought the college readers might enjoy something similar here on the College Blog, where we could focus on college-specific issues. So I encourage you to send along any questions, comments or criticism to collegeblog@baseballamerica.com. I will try to answer at least one mailbag question a week, as long as you send your questions along. Here is the first installment of the college mailbag.

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