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WBC Notes: Polanco’s Homer Helps Dominican Republic to 3-0 Win

Gregory Polanco homered on Thursday night, giving the Dominican Republic the lead in the fifth inning. Photo Credit: David Hague
WBC Notes: Polanco’s Homer Helps Dominican Republic to 3-0 Win
John Dreker

On Thursday night in World Baseball Classic action, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte were in the lineup at the same time for the first time, as the Dominican Republic defeated Venezuela by a 3-0 score. Polanco' solo homer in the fifth inning was the first run of the game. He would later add a single. He is 8-for-15 in four games.

Marte started in center field and went 0-for-4 last night. This was just his second game of the tournament. Marte injured his ankle during last Wednesday's exhibition game against the Pirates. After sitting out the WBC opener due to ankle swelling, he played on Saturday. The swelling returned after that game and that kept him out of action on Sunday against Colombia and Tuesday against Puerto Ri...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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