They might be able to play a little baseball down there in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican entry into the World Baseball Classic didn’t need to establish itself as a contender in an exhibition game Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. It did anyway, winning 15-2. The Dominicans had 28 hits as a team, including seven extra-base hits.
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez had three. He served as the designated hitter and went 4-for-6 with two doubles, a home run, three runs scored and three RBIs. You can watch video of the home run here.
Nick Punto went 0-for-3 with a strikeout for Team Italy in an exhibition game against the Oakland A’s. Punto was replaced with the Italians trailing 4-1.
Team Mexico, featuring Adrian Gonzalez, Luis Cruz and Javy Guerra, has an exhibition game scheduled for 6 p.m. PST tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks.