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Unbeaten Dominicans win the WBC

‘TREMENDOUS WIN’:The Dominican Republic won 3-0 against Puerto Rico in an all-Caribbean final to become the first undefeated World Baseball Classic champions


Cano had a big hand in it.

The New York Yankees star finished his sensational Classic batting .469 (15-for-32) with two home runs, six RBIs, six runs scored and two doubles.

He also earned MVP honors in each of the first two rounds. Encarnacion finished with six RBIs in the WBC.

“I’ll tell you one thing: Tonight we’re going to celebrate, tomorrow we’re going to celebrate and Thursday we’re going to worry about spring training,” Cano said.

After drawing a pair of intentional walks a night earlier, Cano had another in the first inning against loser Giancarlo Alvarado.

The Puerto Rico right-hander surrendered Encarnacion’s double two pitches later, and was done after one shaky inning featuring 22 pitches and only 10 strikes.

Hiram Burgos relieved and struck out five in 4-2/3 innings.

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig was among those at the game — available on television to 440 million households worldwide in 200 countries and territories, and in 15 languages — that drew 35,703 fans on a cool, drizzly March night at AT&T Park.

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