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Dominican Republic downs Yankees 8-2 in exhibition

Mar 6, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

Robinson Cano Reuters

The Dominican Republic is glad Hiroki Kuroda decided to sit out the World Baseball Classic. He’s the only pitcher with any luck slowing their offense the last two days.

Kuroda, a native of Japan, struck out four in three scoreless innings Wednesday, but the Dominican Republic scored in every frame afterwards on its way to an 8-2 win over the Yankees.

The Dominican team has total 23 runs and 39 hits in the 15 innings not pitched by Kuroda the last two days.

Leading the Dominican offense today was supposed weak link Ricardo Nanita. Starting in left field with Jose Bautista absent from the roster, Nanita went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored in this one.

Nanita and Moises Sierra, both Blue Jays players oddly enough, will likely platoon in left field for the Dominican team in the WBC. Nanita, a left-handed hitter, batted .306/.353/.465 at offense-heavy Triple-A Las Vegas last season. Sierra, a right-hander, hit .289/.360/.472 in 377 at-bats for Las Vegas and .224/.274/.374 in 147 at-bats in the majors. Neither was considered a candidate to make the Blue Jays this spring.

Jose Reyes, Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana (finally a non-Blue Jay) all had two hits apiece for the Dominican Republic today. Yankees farmhand Vidal Nuno was the starting pitcher after being loaned to the Dominican Republic for the day. He pitched four hitless innings in what was essentially an intrasquad game for him.

Dominican second baseman Robinson Cano went 1-for-3 with an RBI while facing his Yankees teammates today.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    In the regular season, the top 4 hitters in the Toronto lineup will be from the Dominican Republic. I am puzzled by the reference to Bautista and Sierra as left fielders. Both of them play right field for the Jays.

    • cur68 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:16 PM

      Sierra has seen some duty at 1B too, IIRCC, Either way, he’s got a good shot of making the big leagues this season. All it takes is for an OF to be inj…what’s that? Rasmus? Still a pumpkin and now injured? Well. Hellllllooooo Moises….

    • mordecofe - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      pretty sure they mean left field for the DR team. says that sierra and nanita will platoon in LF for DR right in the article. nothing about position with the jays.

      also, since cruz is RF too, if bautista played one of them would have to be LF.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

        Bautista is a much better right fielder than Cruz.

  2. stlouis1baseball - Mar 7, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Who was in the broadcast boot for this game yesterday?

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