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    Venezuela's battery charges past P.R.

    Venezuela's 2-0 win over Puerto Rico on Monday was exciting on so many levels, with Felix Hernandez striking out seven and Ramon Hernandez hitting a homer, initially ruled a triple, to help their country advance to the semifinals in the Classic.

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    Umpires don't use replay in Classic

    Despite appearances, the first use of instant replay in the World Baseball Classic never materialized on Monday night in the Venezuela-Puerto Rico game at Dolphin Stadium.

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    Venezuela firing on all pistons

    A major reason Venezuela is facing Puerto Rico on Monday night at Dolphin Stadium is because it executed defensively in beating the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

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    Venezuela does just enough vs. Dutch

    Carlos Silva limited The Netherlands to one run on four hits in seven innings, and Venezuela pulled out a 3-1 victory powered by homers by Miguel Cabrera and Jose Lopez.

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    Galarraga bullish on Cabrera at first

    Miguel Cabrera has distinguished himself at the plate during his career, but mentor Andres Galarraga feels he can be a great defensive first baseman as well.

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    Venezuela led by unlikely contributors

    While the Venezuelan lineup features big names such as Magglio Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera and Bobby Abreu, it was the lesser-known players that led the team's offense in the first round.

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    Expectations high in Pool 2

    Team USA not only expected to visit Miami this weekend but has aspirations beyond just a few more games in South Florida. The World Baseball Classic clubs from Puerto Rico and Venezuela, both stocked amply with Major League talent, can say the same thing.

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    Venezuela not taking Dutch lightly

    After beating the mighty USA on Wednesday to become the winners of Pool C, Team Venezuela is carrying a lot of confidence with it into Miami for Round 2 of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

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    Venezuela sinks USA to win Pool C

    Venezuela exacted revenge on the USA on Wednesday for its Sunday loss, winning, 5-3. As the Pool C winner, the Venezuelans will face The Netherlands on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

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    USA, Venezuela to meet in 'C' finale

    Team Venezuela will meet the U.S. at Rogers Centre on Wednesday to determine the winner of Pool C at the 2009 World Baseball Classic. The tilt, which will be the final game played in the first round in Toronto, is set for 6:30 p.m. ET.