Entries in Dominican Republic (6)


Rays Sign 16-Year-Old Shortstop Adrian Rondon

Rob Carr/ Getty Images(ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays signed 16-year-old shortstop Adrian Rondon, Baseball America's No. 1  international baseball prospect, for $2.95 million Monday.

In order to make the signing, the Rays, which only had around $2 million in bonus pool money to spend on international prospects, sent pitching prospect Matt Ramsey to the Marlins for their second, third and fourth international bonus slots. Those slots gave the Rays an extra $1,000,800 to use on signing Rondon.

Rondon, who is from the Dominican Republic, is being described as a steady defender who makes solid contact at the plate.

"I'm happy for myself and for my family, and I thank God," Rondon told the Rays' team website. "I'm thankful for the opportunity to sign. It's a dream come true, truthfully, not for the money, but for the chance to compete in the Major Leagues. It's truly going to change my life. I've worked for this every day from 7 [a.m.] to 7 at night to have this chance. There were many sacrifices."

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Puerto Rico Eliminates Team USA 

Tom DiPace/WBCI/MLB Photos via Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Nelson Figueroa got the best of the USA on Friday night.  The 38-year-old led his team to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic on Friday with big six inning performance in Puerto Rico's 4-3 win over the USA.

Figueroa gave up two hits with just one walk and struck out two before he handed a 4-0 lead over to the bullpen.

"We were supreme underdogs against that lineup," Figueroa said. "It was motivation to show them what kind of pitcher I was."

Puerto Rico knocked in three runs in the top of the sixth and handed USA starter Ryan Vogelsong the loss.  The Americans have now failed to reach the final in three tries.

"When you play double-elimination, it's a crapshoot," USA manager Joe Torre said. "And Figueroa pitched his tail off tonight."

Puerto Rico will take on the Dominican Republic on Sunday in San Francisco.  Joining the party will be the Netherlands and two-time defending champions Japan.

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Reds Stop Cueto from Pitching in World Baseball Classic

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(GOODYEAR, Ariz.) -- The Cincinnati Reds will hold pitcher Johnny Cueto out of next month's World Baseball Classic.

The Reds have the right to hold Cueto out of the WBC because he finished last season with an injury. Cueto strained his oblique eight pitches into Game 1 of the Reds divisional playoff series versus the San Francisco Giants.

"I wanted to pitch for the Dominican but the team said no. It's all right," Cueto said Thursday. "I am going to work to get ready for the season. I was ready to pitch. I'm 100 percent."

The 27-year-old Cueto is considered the Reds ace. Last season Cueto went 19-9 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.17 WHIP through 217 innings of work.

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Former MLB Pitcher Pascual Perez Dead at 55

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic)  --  Former major league pitcher Pascual Perez was killed at his home in the Dominican Republic during an apparent robbery, according to police. He was 55.

Perez had an 11-season career in the majors and compiled a lifetime record of 67-68 with the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and New York Yankees. But he was in and out of trouble for much of his career, being suspended twice for drug use.

He was found with a severe head wound, but authorities in the Dominican Republic did not reveal whether they had any suspects.

The right-handed pitcher was first signed by the Pirates in 1976 as an amateur free agent, and last played in the majors for the Yankees in 1991.

Perez was suspended in March of 1992 by the commissioner's office after a failed drug test and never returned to major league baseball.

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Team USA Slams Dominican Republic in Exhibition

David Becker/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- The U.S. Olympic Basketball team destroyed the Dominican Republic 113-59 Thursday, in their first exhibition game before the Olympics.

"I was pleased with the unselfishness of our team," Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "The defensive intensity, the fact we really shared the ball and we got a lot of minutes for everybody."

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant came off the bench to lead the Americans with 24 points.

"The score was indicative of how good USA is and how they play aggressively," Dominican Republic head coach John Calipari said. "We knew they'd get after us, and make catches hard, and play to try to get going in transition and they did it to a level that for the short time they've been together, amazes me."

Next up for Team USA, Brazil. They meet up Sunday in Washington D.C.


Scoreboard Roundup - 7/12/12

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) -- Exhibition Basketball: Team USA defeated the Dominican Republic, 113-59.

WNBA:  The Minnesota Lynx (15-4) bounced the Tulsa Shock (3-15), 89-74.

The Los Angeles Sparks (15-6) beat the Indiana Fever (10-7), 77-74.

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