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Topic - Tony Peña
The Dominicans have their crown, at last. Dominican Republic President Danilo Medina understood the magnitude of this victory, and made sure to call right away to offer his congratulations after his countrymen won 3-0 on Tuesday night.
Both teams had already qualified for the semifinals in San Francisco, and the game merely determined seedings. Puerto Rico plays two-time defending champion Japan on Sunday night, and the Dominicans face the Netherlands on Monday night.
Pinch hitter Erick Aybar singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth for the Dominicans, who improved to 5-0. They're assured of a spot in the semifinals beginning Sunday in San Francisco.
For the second straight game, Manny Ramirez watched from a few feet away as one of his new teammates hit a game-winning homer. Claimed off waivers by Chicago for his renowned power, Ramirez provided only a bloop a single in his debut but he was on deck when Paul Konerko hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the White Sox a 6-4 win and three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday.
BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester has survived cancer and pitched a World Series clincher for the Boston Red Sox.
BOSTON (AP) - Jon Lester can now add pitching a no-hitter to his already amazing list of accomplishments.
"This will always be with us in our hearts," Pena said.
"I had enough of the shame of not having the trophy like this," Pena said. "And, thank God this group of men was able to accomplish what we wanted, which is to put our country at the top in terms of baseball. This is the greatest gift we can give to our country."