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Winter Leagues: Licey, Magallanes take titles

Dominican Winter League

Licey 3, Escogido 2
Licey became the Dominican champions Tuesday with a comeback win over Escogido in the eighth game of the best-of-nine series. Rene Rivera hit a game-tying home run in the fifth inning for Licey, and Emilio Bonifacio drove home the go-ahead run on a single in the seventh. Carlos Marmol worked a scoreless eighth in relief, and veteran Juan Cruz locked up the title with a save in the ninth. Box score

Venezuelan Winter League

Magallanes 11, Caribes 6
Magallanes blitzed Caribes for 14 hits and 11 runs to win the Venezuelan title on Tuesday night, and two big leaguers -- Endy Chavez and Ramon Hernandez -- finished with four-hit games. Veterans Alberto Callaspo and Juan Rivera combined to score five runs for Magallanes. Magallanes won the first three games of the series, but Caribes answered back in Game 4 before falling in Game 5. Box score

Mexican Winter League

Navojoa 5, Hermosillo 3
Navojoa survived a bases-loaded scare in the ninth inning Tuesday night, and it took a crucial victory over Hermosillo to set up a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday. Luis Fonseca doubled and homered for Navojoa, and Hermosillo scratched out two runs in its final at-bat. Hermosillo loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but a popout and a grounder by Luis Alfonzo Garcia ended the game. Box score

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for