In what looks to be the last roundup for Italy, Tony Fiore hopes that he will fare better against the powerful bats of the Dominican Republic, who battered around the likes of Johan Santana and Carlos Zambrano of Venezuela on Tuesday. Odalis Perez will start for the D.R. squad.
With a win, the D.R. advances to the second round in San Juan and can play the JV squad Friday against Australia. If Italy can pull off a miracle worthy of canonization, then they have to hope that Venezuela gives up a bunch of runs to Australia later in the day, which would be a bigger miracle.