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Wild day and night in the Caribbean Series
2006-02-04 21:08
by Bob Timmermann

In the first game of the day, in Valencia, Puerto Rico won just its second game in 16 Caribbean Series outings with a 10-9 win over Mexico. The winning run scored in the ninth on a throwing error by Mexico's second baseman, Edgar Gonzalez, who also had a streak of eight straight hits snapped.

The night game in Maracay was even wilder as Venezuela rallied from a 7-2 deficit after six innings to win 11-9 over the Dominican Republic. Venezuela scored five in the seventh and three in the ninth to make then a perfect 3-0 in the series.

The Dominican Republic scored at least one run in every inning except the ninth and in that inning they got a runner to second before Francisco Rodriguez got Ronnie Belliard to fly out for the last out.

Venezuela hit three home runs with Alex Gonzalez coming up with the big blow, a three-run homer in the ninth off of Jorge Sosa. The Dominican Republic team hit five home runs as Erick Aybar, Belliard, Anderson Hernandez, Miguel Tejada, and Jose Offerman all went deep. Alex Cabrera and Henry Blanco also homered for Venezuela.

Sunday sees a repeat of Thursday's game with Puerto Rico taking on the Domincan Republic and Mexico playing Venezuela. Through three games, Venezuela has scored 34 runs and Mexico has given up 37 runs.

2006-02-04 21:58:50
1.   King of the Hobos
Can someone explain to me the history of Alex Cabrera? Injury? He's destroyed all types of international ball, and was good in his one 80 AB major league stint, yet he's going on his 6th season with Seibu. I suppose the roughly $5 mil he makes a year in Japan is far better than what he would make here
2006-02-04 22:08:47
2.   Bob Timmermann
Cabrera does K a lot and doesn't draw many walks. But when I spoke with a teammate of his in Japan (Scott McClain) he said that Cabrera liked being in Japan. With Arizona, he was behind both Grace and Durazo and he didn't feel like he was part of Arizona's future.

Seibu really likes Cabrera. They erected a small Buddha in his image outside the Seibu Dome.

2006-02-05 04:55:45
3.   Sam DC
phone rings:

Sheffied: Hey Boss, Sorry to bug you, but we need to talk about my deal.

Boss: What!!! Are you out of your everlovin' mind?

Sheff: It's not the money see . . .

Boss: I don't care what it is, we have a deal, don't you know what that means?

Seff: Look, all I want is a small Buddha erected in my image outside the new Stadium. That's it. A small one.

Boss: [silence]

Sheff: But Alex Cabrera has one.

2006-02-05 09:01:50
4.   Bob Timmermann
If you want to see the Cabrera Buddha, go to

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