The annual Caribbean Series is underway in Venezuela, featuring the league champions from the Domincan League, Venezuelan League, Mexican Pacific League and the Puerto Rican League. The team with the best record at the end of the six-day, round-robin tournament wins the championship.
Dominican Republic (Escogido) 7, Mexico (Hermosillo) 1
Mets left fielder Fernando Martinez went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run, two runs scored and two RBIs for Escogido, which also got a complete-game, eight-strikeout performance from Mets righthander Nelson Figueroa. Reds third baseman Juan Francisco had a difficult day at the plate, striking out three times and grounding into a double play.
Venezuela (Caracas) 5, Puerto Rico (Mayaguez) 2
Venezuelan DH Raul Padron, an Oakland farmhand who spent most of the 2009 season as a catcher for high Class A Stockton and Double-A Midland, went 2-for-4 with a home run for Caracas. Venezuelan first baseman Jesus Guzman, who was designated for assignment last month by the Giants, went 2-for-4 with a walk. A's shortstop Gregorio Petit, who played 11 big league games last year but spent most of the season with Triple-A Sacramento, also chipped in a pair of singles for Caracas.
Dominican Republic: 1-1
Puerto Rico: 0-1
Puerto Rico vs. Mexico, 3:30 PM ET
Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela, 7:30 PM ET
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