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Jim Callis -

How different are the upsides for elite third basemen Alex Gordon, Evan Longoria and Ryan Braun? How does Michael Burgess compare with other top high school outfielders in recent years? How much of a prospect is 7-foot-1 righthander Ryan Doherty?

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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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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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Now It’s Up to Puerto Rico

Chris Kline -

Mexico fought admirably, but the Dominican Republic was too much in the end, knocking off Hermosillo, 5-3.Now it's up to Puerto Rico . . . if they beat Venezuela tonight, they meet the DR tomorrow with a chance to push the Series to a one-game playoff on Thursday.

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