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Midwest On The Rise

Aaron Fitt -

Before I get to today's mailbag question, I just want to touch briefly on Wednesday's action. There were just a few teams in action, but Arizona's Brad Glenn put on a show in the Wildcats' 13-2 win against Utah Valley State. Glenn, a sophomore left fielder, belted three home runs and just missed a fourth when he doubled high off the left-field wall. That offense is rolling right now, and as I mentioned in Tuesday's College Blog, they've got some quality arms as well. We'll see what happens in conference play. On to the mailbag:

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Caribbean Series Top 10

Chris Kline -

We actually only went with a top prospect for the Series, but here are the top 10 things that I loved about being there.10. Tony Batista not being able to stop his momentum and running all the way into right-center field whenever he ranged to his left at third base.

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Thanks For Coming Out

Chris Kline -

Jose Lima gave one of the best performances of the Series, in what was the best games of the entire week. And it didn't even matter that he lost.After pitching eight brilliant innings, Lima allowed a double and then a walk before being pulled in favor of Arnaldo Munoz, who gave up the game-winning single to Javier Valentin as Puerto Rico salvaged a victory to finish a game behind the Dominican Republic. But the game didn't really matter, as the Dominican Republic had wrapped up the Caribbean Series title the night before when Puerto Rico lost to Venezuela.

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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.

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